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Veterans' Miranda enjoying South Carolina success

Veterans Head Coach Nicki Miranda talks about her alma mater, South Carolina, bringing home a national championship in women's basketball. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

KATHLEEN, GA -- Defense and rebounding. It comes in a heavy dosage for Veterans' Girls Basketball. One of the scrappiest teams in the state gets their identity from Head Coach Nicki Miranda.

Miranda's blue-collar style elevated the Lady Warhawks to one of the best programs in the state. The head coach's style is a direct reflection of her alma mater.

"I enjoy Coach Staley's style," Miranda said. "When the girls watched the game and say hey we do this or we do that I'm like okay good you are getting it."

Just like Miranda, Dawn Staley and South Carolina are finally earning deserving respect after their national championship victory over Mississippi State on April 2. Even in the midst of celebration, the proud-alum Miranda still was in shock.

"This is really happening," Miranda said. "We're really going to get this."

The celebration wasn't limited to just Miranda as her players were quick to text her about her school's first national championship.

"Which dance were you doing coach," Miranda said? "All my group messages are popping back up."

Always quick to wear her garnett and black proudly, Miranda standout in Columbia in the mid 90's. With the Gamecocks taking home the crown instead of 4-time defending champion UConn, Miranda was taken back to her playing days when another power ruled the women's game.

"When I played, Tennessee was the UConn," Miranda said. "They were the team to beat. They were in the same conference and I was like are we ever going to win the SEC."

Staley has the Gamecocks over the hump and the Gamecock alum says a new champion does a world of good for the sport.

"I think it's great for women's basketball," Miranda said. "David slays Goliath. I think it's great for the underdog."


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