South Carolina joins three others in South Dakota women's basketball tournament

The South Carolina women's basketball team, ranked No. 1 in ESPN's Way-Too-Early Top 25, will play in the 2020 Women's Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Nov. 28-30.

The four-team round-robin event will also include Oklahoma, South Dakota and Gonzaga, which was ranked No. 24. The four programs in the event have a combined 41 NCAA tournament appearances along with 24 Sweet 16s, five Final Fours and one national championship.

The Gamecocks went 32-1 last season and would have been a No. 1 seed and the favorite to win the national championship before the coronavirus pandemic canceled the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. No. 13 Gonzaga (28-3) and No. 17 South Dakota (30-2) also finished in the AP's final Top 25 a year ago.

"We're excited to be involved in the Women's Crossover Classic this season and travel to Sioux Falls, which I know is a great city for basketball," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. "Everyone we've worked with on this event has been wonderful, and I know it will be among the best-run tournaments in the country. After working through a preseason that has looked really different than previous years, these three games will be great to determine where we are as a team early in the season."

All members of each team's traveling party will be tested regularly for COVID-19 once they arrive in Sioux Falls. All traveling members will remain in a controlled environment during their entire stay.