South Carolina senior Aleighsa Welch, a former Goose Creek High School star, is among 12 prospects invited to attend the WNBA draft on Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. ESPN2 will televise the first round beginning at 7 p.m., and ESPN3 online will air the second and third rounds starting at 8 p.m.
Welch completed her career at South Carolina as the program’s top career offensive rebounder and one of just four Gamecocks all-time to record at least 1,000 points and 900 rebounds in her career. She is a three-time All-SEC selection, including first-team honors in 2014 and 2015. Welch averaged 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a senior, helping propel the Gamecocks into the program’s first NCAA Final Four as well as a 12-week stint as the No. 1 team in the nation, a second-straight SEC regular season championship and the South Carolina’s first SEC Tournament title.
Charleston touring tennis professional Shelby Rogers suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss to 120th-ranked Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain on Monday in the opening round of a $250,000 WTA Tour red-clay tournament in Bogota, Colombia. Rogers, the sixth seed, is ranked 79th in the world.
The Citadel tennis team lost, 7-0, to No. 13 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. In doubles, Nick Bradley and Connor Grady played Keivon Tabrizi and Matt Erdman to a competitive 6-5(4) tiebreaker loss in the No. 3 position.
Clemson catcher Chris Okey was voted ACC Baseball Player of the Week after going 13-for-23 (.565) batting with three home runs, two doubles, a 1.043 slugging percentage, seven RBIs and six runs in five games for the Tigers last week.
Furman shot a tournament-record 284 to extend its lead to nine shots at 573 after two rounds of competition at the Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship in Pooler, Ga. The Paladins’ Taylor Totland and Alice Chen share the individual lead at 4-under-par 140. The Citadel is ninth of nine teams at 649.
The first round of the Big South Women’s Golf Championship was reduced to 36 holes after Monday’s play was rained out. The first round was rescheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at DeBordieu Golf Club in Georgetown.
Jackie Thompson broke The Citadel’s 10,000-meter record with a time of 38 minutes, 51.79 seconds and placed sixth place to lead the Bulldogs at the Tennessee Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.