There’s a story on ESPN’s Women’s Basketball website that says the NCAA has approved South Carolina hosting first and second round NCAA games at Halton Arena if USC is selected one of the top seeds in the Women’s Tournament.
Colonial Life Arena is hosting Men’s NCAA games and is unavailable to the Women’s team.
South Carolina wishes to play as close to Columbia as possible. There’s no reason given in the article why Winthrop would not be acceptable. Their loss could be Charlotte’s gain.
I think I read that the Lamecocks lead the nation in attendance for women’s basketball. Whether that means a sellout 90 miles away is speculative. I’m sure at least one person will be there from our own area. Hint: initials are J.R.