Utility Players Help South Carolina Women’s Basketball Shine

The players have their names on their jerseys and women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley is announced to thunderous applause at home games (sometimes at away games as well).

But behind the scenes at one of the University of South Carolina’s most successful athletics programs are two women — one all of 5-foot-3 and self-described as “not much of an athlete” and one who was a standout in Staley’s first recruitment class at Temple — who make sure the team runs just as smoothly off the court as on.

Diana Koval and Cynthia Jordan — CJ to her friends and co-workers — play two very different roles with the women’s basketball team.