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Aleighsa Welch - South Carolina
7/23/1993 12:00:00 AM
Goose Creek, NC
Began career as Dawn Staley’s first in-state recruit, became a three-time captain, and in a huge senior season, led Gamecocks to program’s first SEC Tournament title and to first Final Four berth. Enters Final Four ranked atop SC’s career list for offensive boards and games played, third in total rebounds …. 2014-15: All-America Hon. Men.(AP); SEC Scholar-Athlete of Year; All-SEC (First Team/Coaches; Second Team/AP); and the SEC Tourney MVP. Was 6th in conference in blocks per game, 10th in total rebounds …. 2013-14: Hon. Men. All-America (AP, WBCA) and an All-SEC First Team pick (Coaches). Ranked 14th in nation, 2nd in SEC in FG percentage …. 2012-13: Second Team All-SEC after pacing conference in offensive boards per game, ranked eighth in total rebounds …. 2011-12: SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches) …. NOTEABLE: As military life took her family from Florida to Spain, back to Florida, and on to South Carolina, got her start in basketball playing in rec leagues on military bases.