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Rule change allows USC women's basketball to host tournament games

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

For the first time ever, Colonial Life Arena will host NCAA tournament games.

South Carolina college teams have been banned by the NCAA from hosting postseason games since 2001 because of the statehouse still flies the Confederate flag.

Monday night, NCAA Selection committee revealed South Carolina's women's basketball team will be a number one seed in the women's tournament and get to host games because of a rule change.

While the ban still stands, the NCAA made a rule change this year for women's basketball and decided to award games based on play during the season, like with college baseball, instead of schools applying to be hosts.

The top 16 seeds automatically get to host, and as the number three team in the nation, the Gamecocks made the cut.

Last year the gamecocks were a number one seed in the tournament but had to play in Seattle.

"It is such a relief, last year we flew like two-thousand something miles just to play,” Alaina Coates, a Sophomore forward on the team said. “It's really exciting because our fans they you know for me they give me a jolt of energy. They just really motivate me to go hard."

The team's first game is Friday at 5 pm.

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