March 02, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has apologized to the Kentucky women's basketball team for her reaction to a late timeout in Sunday's loss.

Staley said Monday in a Twitter post she didn't realize some Kentucky seniors were still in the game when coach Matthew Mitchell called time out with 16 seconds left and the Wildcats well ahead in a 67-56 victory.

Staley was seen with her arms outstretched in a questioning pose during the time out, which she says she misinterpreted as Kentucky trying to soak in the upset a few extra moments.

Staley acknowledged in a Tweet, ''I was out of line & didn't realize Kentucky's seniors were still in,'' adding that she has apologized.

The Gamecocks (27-2) slipped a spot to No. 3 in the latest rankings.

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