LeLe Grissett
University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball Without LeLe Grissett for Tournament (Sam Craft / AP)

University of South Carolina Women’s Basketball will be without a key contributor to the team this year for the NCAA tournament. Senior guard LeLe Grissett will be out for the remainder of the season due to a lower leg injury that occurred in the SEC Championship game on March 7. 

Grissett averages 19.2 minutes per game, 6.9 points per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game. She is a versatile player that can play every position except for the center position. Grissett is a spark off the bench, being that she can handle the ball and shoot well. She averaged 33 percent from the three-point and 50 percent from the field in the regular season. 

“Do we feel bad that LeLe’s hurt? Absolutely. But then we got to get back on that horse and say OK, let’s figure some things out. … How do we get her contributions into other people as quickly as possible? So it was great to have this week of practice in which we moved some pieces around. And I hope with a couple of more practices that we’ll continue to attack it and look good doing it, because it did not look bad at all,” USC head coach Dawn Staley said.

Via The State

Without Grissett, the Gamecocks will be limited in who they will decide to be their spark for the second string. With Grisset being an all-around player when it comes to who can replace the starters, that will be challenging for the Gamecocks. On the bench, the Gamecocks have only two other players who average over ten minutes per game that can contribute.

The University of South Carolina will have to make a major adjustment to be able to succeed in the NCAA tournament. The Gamecocks face Mercer University on March 21 for the first round of the NCAA Tournament.