Sessions’ big shot helps set up showdown with UConn

uscwhoops-5yellClinging to a one-point lead, No. 2 South Carolina’s Khadijah Sessions hit a running 3-pointer from three-quarter court to beat the buzzer and eventually No. 18 Kentucky 78-68 on Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena.

After an 11-3 run late in the third quarter brought Kentucky to within one point of the lead, the former Myrtle Beach High standout knocked down a 3-point buzzer beater from over 70 feet away to extend South Carolina’s lead heading into the last period. Sessions finished with nine points, four rebounds, two steals and one appearance atop ESPN SportsCenter’s “Top Plays” of the day.

Junior center Alaina Coates poured in an SEC career-high 27 points, while forward A’ja Wilson added 18 points to keep South Carolina undefeated headed into Monday’s showdown with N0. 1 and also unbeaten Connecticut.

Following Sessions’ big shot, South Carolina went on a run to make it 64-57 with 6:17 left to play. Tough defense from South Carolina forced five straight misses by the Wildcats and helped the Gamecocks maintain a seven-point advantage midway through the period. A layup by Sessions to make it a 10-point contest and out of reach for the Wildcats.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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