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Gamecocks coaching staff not shy of the big stage

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (WIS/AP) Graduate assistant coach Petra Ujhelyi is all too familiar with playing with thenation watching.

Graduate assistant coach Petra Ujhelyi is all too familiar with playing with thenation watching.

Ujhelyi played on the Elite 8 team in2002 and now as a coach, she can assist players with how to handle thespotlight.  

"I feel likemy role, is kind of like I'm the one who listens, I'm the coach, I'm a quietlistener, you know," Ujhelyi said. "If someone is a little bit frustrated ordoesn't really know how to overcome certain emotions, of course I try to helpthem out."

Thetop-seeded Gamecocks will have their hands full come Sunday when they will takeon North Carolina in the Stanford Regional. 

NorthCarolina's star freshman Diamond DeShields shoots the 3, reliably knocks downpull-up jumpers and scores off the dribble.

DeShields saidshe is well-rounded enough to post up smaller defenders and drive by biggerones.

Head coachDawn Staley said DeShields "was born to play this game" and her teamhas to make DeShields work for her points. Though Staley said the 6-foot-1rookie is "a hard guard for us and any team she's facing."

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