ESPN women's team of the week .
Pretty fair assessment , I think . We're still a year away from being a true national contender but Dawn is doing a great job of maximizing the team's strengths while minimizing it's weaknesses .
Team of the Week
Sure, it wasn't the busiest of weeks, but South Carolina made its lone game count by going to Nashville and showing why it is the SEC's best bet to get back there for the Final Four. Unlike some of its SEC peers, who are great in good times and lost at others, South Carolina is a team with an identity this season in good times and bad. There were some of both Sunday, as Dawn Staley's team committed 24 turnovers and 24 fouls. When things aren't going well, they're still going to get the ball to Tiffany Mitchell, who showed again she can create her own points. They're still going to rebound with Aleighsa Welch, Elem Ibiam and Alaina Coates. And they're going to defend -- put aside Christina Foggie's hot hand and Vanderbilt shot 29 percent at home.
It's possible South Carolina's ceiling -- what it can be on its absolute best day -- isn't as high as Tennessee's ceiling or maybe even Kentucky's ceiling. Trips to both Lexington and Knoxville await, and South Carolina already came up short once on the road at Texas A&M. But what the Gamecocks produce day in and day out, even gritty days like Sunday, matters.