- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says assistant Nikki McCray is recuperating well after surgery this week as part of her treatment for breast cancer.

Staley said Thursday that McCray underwent the operation Wednesday and was talking to her head coach about recruits and scheduling soon after waking up. Staley said the operation was a previously planned part of her treatment.

McCray is the former Tennessee star who teamed with Staley on two U.S. Olympic squads that won gold medals at the Atlanta and Sydney Games. McCray has been part of Staley’s staff all six seasons at South Carolina.

McCray was diagnosed with breast cancer in November and announced it publicly in January. She remained with the team throughout the season and did not miss a game.

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