North Philly’s Dawn Staley Leads South Carolina Women’s Basketball To Undefeated Season, NCAA Championship

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Dawn Staley has won her third national championship, leading the South Carolina Gamecock's women's basketball team to an undefeated season and its second championship in the last 3 years.

Dawn Staley is now a three-time NCAA women’s basketball champion after leading her University of South Carolina team to a 87-75 win over the University of Iowa in the 2024 championship game, writes Tom Ignudo for CBS News Philadelphia.

South Carolina finished the season with an undefeated 38-0 record, becoming the 10th team in women’s basketball history to hold the distinction.

The North Philadelphia native is now the fifth women’s basketball coach to win at least three national championships in her career, joining Geno Auriemma, Pat Summitt, Kim Mulkey, and Tara VanDerveer.

Since leaving as coach of Temple University’s women’s basketball team after an eight-year stint in 2008, Staley has turned South Carolina into a basketball powerhouse. 

She’d led the team to a 109-3 record over the past three seasons. Her two previous national championships were won in 2017 and 2022.

After her 2017 national championship, Philadelphia named part of a Diamond Street near where she grew up as “Dawn Staley Lane.”

Temple University, the Philadelphia Phillies, Mayor Cherelle Parker, and The Roots all gave Staley a shoutout on social media for her third national championship win. 

Read more about a North Philly native’s journey to becoming one of the greatest college basketball coaches in CBS News Philadelphia

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