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South Carolina’s Daybreak Staley theorizes girls’s basketball was ‘being held again deliberately’

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley reacted Monday night to her team’s national championship win over Iowa being the most-watched women’s basketball game ever. Staley floated a theory about coverage of the women’s game ahead of the men’s basketball national championship. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM University of South Carolina head coach

South Carolina’s Daybreak Staley theorizes girls’s basketball was ‘being held again deliberately’

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley reacted Monday evening to her workforce’s nationwide championship win over Iowa being the most-watched girls’s basketball recreation ever.

Staley floated a principle about protection of the ladies’s recreation forward of the boys’s basketball national championship.

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Dawn Staley cut the nets

College of South Carolina head coach Daybreak Staley celebrates successful the Albany Regional and advancing to the Remaining 4 after chopping a bit of the online on the MVP Enviornment in Albany, New York, on Sunday, March 31, 2024. (Tracy Glantz/The State/Tribune Information Service through Getty Photographs)

“I believe girls’s basketball was being held again deliberately,” she mentioned, via On3.com. “For one cause or the opposite. We’re bursting on the seams with expertise. Younger expertise, nice teaching, nice gamers. Individuals need entry to our recreation.”

Staley added she has had extra entry than ever to watching girls’s basketball.

“I’ve watched extra girls’s basketball video games this yr than every other yr,” she mentioned. “That is my twenty fourth yr teaching, I had entry. I picked and selected what community, what streaming gadget. And typically, I had two and three units in entrance of me as a result of I wished to tune into a number of video games.

Dawn Staley on the sidelines

Daybreak Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts in opposition to the Iowa Hawkeyes throughout the NCAA Girls’s Basketball Event Nationwide Championship at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on April 7, 2024 in Cleveland. (Ben Solomon/NCAA Images through Getty Photographs)

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“Now, we’re in full demand and all people else across the nation needs to see girls’s basketball. The choice-makers are making the proper choice. I don’t assume we’re going anyplace.”

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The Gamecocks’ win over the Hawkeyes drew 18.7 million viewers to ABC’s protection, with a peak of 24 million viewers throughout the recreation, in line with ESPN. The quantity is up 89% from final yr and 285% from the 2022 nationwide championship.

Dawn Staley points to the ring

Head coach Daybreak Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes throughout the NCAA Girls’s Basketball Event Nationwide Championship at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on April 7, 2024 in Cleveland. (Ben Solomon/NCAA Images through Getty Photographs)

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ESPN mentioned the sport was the most-watched sporting occasion exterior of American soccer and the Olympics since 2019.

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Ryan Gaydos is a senior editor for Fox Information Digital.

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