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The Hard Screen Newsletter | April 2021

THE HARD SCREEN NEWSLETTER | APRIL 2021 WHAT WE CAN LEARN ABOUT PROBLEM-SOLVING FROM SOUTH CAROLINA’S HEARTBREAKING FINAL FOUR LOSS (excerpt) “If we’re going to be able to execute on both sides of the ball, the score will take care of itself,” Dawn Staley said. “So, we want to work on creating very good habits.” The Gamecocks came out hot in this year’s tournament and looked especially sharp in their Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight appearances against the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets and the Texas Longhorns, respectively. But the weeds of inconsistency on layups had been growing since last season and carried forward into this one. And in spite of an otherwise well-executed contest, missed layups cost the Gamecocks a trip to the championship game, in gut-wrenching fashion. ''We got a pretty decent, two looks at it, layup, follow up,'' Staley said after the game. ''We just came up short. We lost the way we did and it's heartbreaking.'' The heartbreak, hopefull...

Vic Schaefer, Dawn Staley in Elite Eight battle of familiar coaching foes

Vic Schaefer can escape the Southeastern Conference (SEC) but he can't avoid a postseason meeting with Dawn Staley apparently. The South Carolina Gamecocks, under master-planning from Hall of Fame coach Staley, won six of the last SEC Tournament titles in head-to-head matchups with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, coached by Schaefer until 2020. Although he moved into the Big 12 in 2020-21 to coach the Texas Longhorns, Schaefer faces familiar coaching rival, Staley, yet again. Only now, their meeting comes much deeper into the postseason, with nothing more at stake than a trip to the NCAAW Final Four....