No. 1 South Carolina women gaining comfort, wins in SEC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Dawn Staley sees her young stars getting comfortable - and that could mean problems for opponents hoping to knock off the No. 1 Gamecocks.

South Carolina is off to its best start in school history and its longest winning streak at 16-0. Staley believes her younger players - she brought in the country's second-best recruiting class - have gained confidence since the Southeastern Conference season began.

The Gamecocks have won their four league games by an average of 23 points and shown more consistency than before SEC play started. They play at Missouri (11-6, 1-3) on Thursday night.

Staley said the pre-SEC bumps reminded returning leaders the effort needed and taught newcomers they could not get by on how they played as high school stars.

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