South Carolina's Dawn Staley on historic Final Four: 'Representation matters'

The NCAA Girls’s Ultimate 4 will function two Black feminine coaches for the primary time in historical past.

South Carolina’s Break of day Staley and Arizona’s Adia Barnes each led their groups to the nationwide semifinals and are simplest two wins clear of profitable the championship. The coaches also are the one two former WNBA avid gamers to have led faculties to a Ultimate 4.

Staley performed for the Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets from 1999 to 2006. Barnes used to be at the Sacramento Monarchs, Minnesota Lynx, Cleveland Rockers and Seattle Typhoon from 1998 to 2004.

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Staley, whose Gamecocks beat Texas to get to the Ultimate 4, stated having two Black ladies at the greatest level will ship a message to athletic administrators across the nation. She added she used to be “proud” of Barnes for buying her Wildcats this a long way.

“I used to be cheering for her to get it carried out. Now not for some other reason why but even so us being represented on the greatest level. Two black ladies representing two methods within the Ultimate 4, one thing that hasn’t ever been carried out sooner than,” Staley stated, by means of ESPN.

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“Our historical past right here in ladies’s basketball is full of such a lot of Black our bodies, for this to be going down in 2021, to me, is lengthy past due. We are proud, we are satisfied. I do know my telephone is most likely stuffed with textual content messages of Black coaches all around the nation simply congratulating us on doing it, on being provide, being within the second, having the ability to take our methods to this position.”

Staley added, “Illustration issues.”

“You give Black ladies a chance. Deliver them in, interview them. If you do not rent them, allow them to know why. So we will be able to proceed to paintings on perfecting our craft and our career. There are a large number of other people in the market who are not getting the alternatives they will have to. As a result of that is precisely what can occur whilst you give a Black girl a chance.”

The NCAA Girls’s Ultimate 4 will start Friday night time.

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South Carolina will tackle Stanford at 6 p.m. ET. Arizona will glance to knock off UConn at nine:30 p.m. ET. Each video games are on ESPN.

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