Locals see familiar faces in UNC-USC Sweet 16 match

uscwhoops-staleysessionsThe NCAA Women’s Basketball Sweet Sixteen matchup between South Carolina and North Carolina has a hint of Grand Strand flavor.

The two teams traditionally meet at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center as the highlight of the mid-December Carolinas Challenge, but the Lady Gamecocks opted not to take part in the 2014 event. Maybe it was an omen that the two teams are destined to play.

Grand Strand hoops fans will recognize a lot of the faces on the floor on Friday night in Greensboro when the top-seeded Lady Gamecocks (32-2) face the fourth-seeded Lady Tar Heels.

South Carolina starting point guard Khadijah Sessions, a Myrtle Beach High product, has had a big hand in South Carolina’s success this season. The junior is averaging 5.7 points, 3.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.

North Myrtle Beach product India Farmer has seen limited action in 16 games for the Lady Gamecocks as a sophomore, and several players on both sides previously played in the CresCom Bank Holiday Invitational, such as South Carolina freshman A’ja Wilson and North Carolina’s N’Dea Bryant.

Lady Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell has been a big fan of Myrtle Beach and has helped attract and promote women’s basketball on the Grand Strand.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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