MB’s Sessions shines in her debut with Lady Gamecocks

Former Myrtle Beach High hoops standout Khadijah Sessions made her exhibition debut for South Carolina on Sunday in an 88-31 blowout of visiting Anderson College.

The true freshman and reigning Class 3A Player of the Year backed up her lofty high school credentials, scoring 11 points, making six steals and dishing out five assists in only 21 minutes of action.

“The freshmen looked good today,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said. “We have to take these moments and enjoy them, but continue to teach them. Overall, I was glad that they got this one under their belt.”

The Gamecocks opened the game with a nine-point run sparked by Welch and a quick five-point contribution from senior forward Ashley Bruner. Anderson got on the board with four points from senior guard Alissa Diaz, and the Gamecocks followed with another four points of their own, making the score 13-4.

Sophomore forward Aleighsa Welch and freshman guard Asia Dozier both led the Gamecocks in scoring, each registering 14 points, and sophomore center Elem Ibiam led the team in rebounds with 12.

Sessions tallied eight points in the second half and shot 5 of 8 from the field on the night. South Carolina shot 51.5 percent from the field in the game and out-rebounded the Trojans 45-21.

The Gamecocks will begin the regular season at Colonial Life Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. against Elon.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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