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The South Carolina women’s team remains in the locker room during the Final Four national anthem


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Ahead of Friday night’s Final Four game against Louisville, the South Carolina women’s basketball team opted to stay inside their locker room while the national anthem played before the game.

Louisville was present for the anthem. Meanwhile, South Carolina and coach Dawn Staley say their decision to sit out the national anthem both home and away this season has become their go-to message to counter alleged racial discrimination. of their nation.

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South Carolina Gamecocks fans wave signs in the fourth quarter against the Louisville Cardinals in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four Semifinals at Target Center on April 1, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The nation’s top-ranked women’s team has been consistent in their protest all season; led by their sadly awakened coach, Dawn Staley.

Staley told Andscape’s Sean Hurd that his team’s directive to stay in the locker room addresses the inequities the team sees in college basketball.

The South Carolina women’s team remains in the locker room during the Final Four national anthem

South Carolina Gamecocks players gather before their game against the Louisville Cardinals in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals at Target Center on April 1, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“[O]The bidding teams choose to play the anthem while we’re in the locker room and then we choose to stay in the locker room,” Staley told Hurd.

The South Carolina women’s team remains in the locker room during the Final Four national anthem

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley chats with her team during a third quarter timeout against the Louisville Cardinals in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Final Four Semifinals at Target Center on April 1, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The nation’s top-ranked team in South Carolina then defeated Louisville and advanced to the championship game. Gamecocks forward Aliyah Boston led all scorers with 23 points; is set to face second-seeded UConn for the NCAA Tournament title on Sunday.

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