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For a long time, UConn was the only story in women’s basketball. As the Gamecocks, and others like Mississippi State, to be honest, have challenged the Huskies, the sport has become defined by a handful of games a year. Thursday night is one of those games defending national champion South Carolina against perennial national champion UConn. Getting this home and home scheduled with the Huskies was a big deal for USC. This game is the ultimate payoff of that, and all anyone wants to talk about today is USC vs. Missouri.
That’s because of what Tigers athletics director Jim Sterk said Tuesday afternoon during a radio interview in Columbia, Mo., about Missouri’s game against South Carolina on Sunday in Colonial Life Arena: “It wasn’t a great atmosphere. It was really kind of unhealthy, if you will. We had players spit on, and called the N word,
and things like that. It was not a good environment and unfortunately, I think (USC coach Dawn) Staley promoted that kind of atmosphere, and it’s unfortunate that she felt she had to do that.”
In some cases, that’s simply because of basic human emotion. Ray Tanner is a very likeable guy, and I tend to believe the things he says. My guess is my counterparts in Missouri would say the same thing of Sterk. In fact, St. He doesn’t go on radio to casually toss around accusations. MU radio play by play voice backed up Sterk’s comments.”
The idea that Staley would foster a racially biased atmosphere is absurd. Is there a conversation to be had about whether USC played up the heated nature of this rivalry? Yes. Before the game, the official Twitter account of the women’s basketball team posted this: “Gamecocks bring your battle armor Sunday. We are duking it out with Missouri at 6pm!” During the game, the school handed out plastic hard hats to some students in the crowd. After the game, the account tweeted a video clip with the lyrics “You want war, we got war” playing in the background.