While the Gamecock Women’s Basketball team may not have won the national championship over the weekend, we thought the team’s accomplishments this season were still deserving of celebration.
ICYMI — the Gamecocks played in the Final Four against Stanford(another No. 1 seed team) on Friday night. After a hard fight, the team lost in the final seconds of the game 66-65. On Saturday, the team was welcomed home by fans by the Colonial Life Arena.
Friday night’s game was the third time making it to the Final Four in the team’s history — the first in 2016 and the second in 2017 when the team won the national championship. And while the NCAA Tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus, the Gamecocks were highly favored to win the title last year.
Gamecock Women’s Basketball in San Antonio | Photo via @gamecockwbb
So in celebration of a great season and great accomplishments, let’s take a look at some of the awards collected by the team this year:
• The team won the SEC Tournament. • Head Coach Dawn Staleycelebrated her 500th career win at the first game of the NCAA Tournament. • Aliyah Bostonwas named a Naismith Women’s Player of the Year finalist. • Aliyah Boston was selected as a First Team All-American. • Zia Cooke and Aliyah Bostonwere selected as All-SEC First Team members. • Aliyah Boston was named the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. • Aliyah Bostonwon the Lisa Leslie Center of the Year Award. • Zia Cookewas named an Ann Meyers Drysdale Award finalist.
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Announced ○ Gov. Henry McMaster + Congaree Golf Clubannouncedthat the Palmetto Championship at Congaree — a PGA TOUR event — will take place June 7-13 in Ridgeland. The official FedExCup event will field 156 golfers and fills a week left open on the tour’s calendar following the cancellation of the 2021 RBC Canadian Open due to the coronavirus pandemic. ⛳ (WCIV) ○ Azalea Coffee Barannounced its soft opening will be held Mon., April 12. The shop is opening on 2700 Devine St.(near Craft and Draft) and will serve coffees and teas. ☕
NowOpen ○ Altitude Trampoline Park (7451 Garners Ferry Rd.) is now open and will hold a grand opening celebration this Fri., April 10 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with live music + entertainment. The park includes trampolines, mini golf, dodgeball, escape rooms, and more. (Cola Daily)
Edu ○ Richland School District Two and Allen Universityhave beguna partnership to increase learning opportunities for students. The program is focused on STEM courses and includes opportunities working in labs, professional musicians, and more. 🔬 (Post and Courier)
Biz ○ First Reliance Bankis moving into the first floor of what’s known as the Bank of America building, which has been vacant since 2018. First Reliance, which is headquartered in Florence, will use the Columbia office as a full-service satellite location with approx. 30 employees. (Post and Courier)
Community ○ Lexington Countyis working on a trash collection program that could begin to roll out in unincorporated areas of the county early next year if it’s approved. The county’s population increase is creating more of a need for the trash pickup as the 11 collection sites are overwhelmed. 🗑️ (The State)
Coronavirus ○ Lexington Countywill begin offering financial assistance for rent, mortgage, and utilities for up to 6 months. Those who have faced financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic + meet income requirements are eligible for the assistance. Find more information here. (WLTX)
Outdoors ○ The Blythewood Farmers Marketwill resume for the eighth season on April 21 and will take place each Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. 🥬 (Cola Daily) ○ Bluff Campground and sections of the Bluff Trail at Congaree National Park will be closed today through Thursday due to a prescribed burn. The burn will encompass ~320 acres + will help with fuel reduction and habitat restoration. 🔥 (WLTX)
SodaCitizen ○ Dr. Timothy Hicks, a teacher in The Learning Collaborative magnet program at Dent Middle School, was named the 2021 State Outstanding Teacher of American History. Dr. Hicks has taught in the program for over 26 years (and was Lauren’s middle school history teacher). Congratulations, Dr. Hicks. 👏 (Cola Daily)
Travel ○ As more and more people are getting their vaccines, Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is already seeing an 39% increase in air travel from this time last year. Check out their nonstop destinations + start planning a well deserved vacation. ✈️ Ⓟ
Cause ○ One way to get involved during Volunteer Week (April 19-24): Help thank our educators by writing an encouraging note or card + dropping it in the mail or at United Way of the Midlands (1818 Blanding St.) during business hours. Learn more. 📬 Ⓟ
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Last week, A’ja Wilson launched her own candle company “Burnt Wax” + currently has four scents available — All-Star, MVP, National Champion, and Rookie of the Year. The former Gamecock Women’s Basketball star’s candles are made of a vegetable/coconut wax blend, have a bamboo wick, and have a 70-80 hour burn time.
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Dish ○ April Harvest Dinner| Mon., April 5 | 6:30 p.m. | City Roots Farm | $85 | A farm-to-table dinner prepared by local chefs with local ingredients. 🍽️
PlanAhead ○ Drive Through Fair Food| Tues., April 6-Sun., April 11 | 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | SC State Fairgrounds Gate 6 | Price of purchase | Get a fix of all your favorite fair foods without leaving the comfort of your car. 🌭 ○ 80s Music Bingo| Tues., April 6 | 7-10 p.m. | The Grand | Free | Bring your Def Leppard print and test your 80s music knowledge. 🎤 Ⓟ ○ TopGolf Live| Thurs., April 8-Sun., April 11 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Williams-Brice Stadium | $35+ | Spend an hour hitting golf balls at targets set up in Willy B. ⛳
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Guests viewing art during a previous Artista Vista | Photo by Forrest Clonts
Artista Vista is backApril 16-18, ft. free events like:
○ Gallery Crawl | Fri., Apr. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | The Vista | Explore galleries + more. 🖼️ ○ Art Day | Sat., Apr. 17 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Stormwater Studios | Enjoy art demonstrations, like live glass blowing. 🌡️ ○ Crafty Feast | Sun., Apr. 18 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Corner of Lincoln + Lady St. | Browse unique, handmade crafts by fifty vendors from across the Southeast. ✂️ Ⓟ