South Carolina is 7-7 in the league, including a 58-46 victory over the Tigers in Auburn. Overall, the Gamecocks are 17-10 this season after dropping their regular season finale at Vandy, 88-71.
Freshman guard DeWanna Bonner leads the Tigers in scoring a 12.5 points per game and in rebounding at 6.6. Senior guard Nitasha Brown is scoring 11.1 per contest for Coach Nell Fortner's Tigers.
Freshmen DeWanna Bonner and Whitney Boddie celebrate during Auburn's victory over Alabama.
The winner of Thursday's game advances to a 2:30 p.m. Friday contest against No. 2 seed Tennessee, which earned a first round bye with an 11-3 SEC mark. UT is 25-4 overall. The Lady Vols dropped their final regular season game of the season, losing 95-93 at Florida.
LSU is the No. 1 seed for the event. The other teams receiving first round byes include No. 3 seed Georgia and No. 4 Kentucky, the league's surprise team this season. AU's only victory over one of the seeded teams this year was at Kentucky.