Staley says Cuevas-Moore planning to stay at South Carolina

South Carolina guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore (1) brings the ball up against Arizona State during a second-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) 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 that ”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 due to 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.