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Bianca Cuevas-Moore staying with Gamecocks despite transfer talk

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says Bianca Cuevas-Moore will be back with the Gamecocks next season, just over a month after West Virginia announced the 5-foot-6 guard was joining the Mountaineers.

Staley said Friday in a university release that Cuevas-Moore is staying at South Carolina after initially planning to transfer. Staley said, "Bianca and I have had our ups and downs, but my love for her has never wavered."

Cuevas-Moore graduated this month. West Virginia coach Mike Carey said last month that Cuevas-Moore would be finishing her career with the Mountaineers.

Cuevas-Moore missed the 2017-18 season because of an injured left knee but played a key role in the Gamecocks' drive to the 2016-17 national title. She started 19 games and averaged 8.3 points that season.