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Staley, VanDerveer back up Griner in S Carolina-Stanford game

Staley, VanDerveer back up Griner in S Carolina-Stanford game

Staley, VanDerveer back up Griner in S Carolina-Stanford game

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – Before top-ranked South Carolina got on the bus and left Maples Pavilion after a big win over No. 2 Stanford, coach Dawn Staley had her Gamecocks write letters to Brittney Griner.

In the arena’s lobby, a “Dear BG” table with an invitation to “Write a Letter to Brittney Griner” collected hundreds of handwritten messages.

Staley and associate head coach Lisa Boyer made sure to stop by Sunday, taking a moment to write to Griner. At the time, Staley and Stanford Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer wore white long-sleeve T-shirts with Griner’s name and cartoon image and a message on the back during South Carolina’s 76- 71 in overtime in a game of the last two NCAA champions.

“Tara is leading this campaign on this particular campus and we both know Brittney,” Staley said. “He’s been a part of our basketball family and he’s fighting for his life. I know there are other Americans who are wrongfully detained and obviously we want them all to come home, but when you have a relationship and a friendship with someone, it’s personal.





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