Sessions’ clutch free throw keeps Gamecocks perfect

uscwhoops-5ftComing through a hectic final 20 seconds, No. 2 South Carolina (17-0, 5-0 SEC) posted an electrifying win over No. 15/11 Texas A&M 59-58 Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena. Both teams struggled from the free throw line in the waning seconds, but Gamecock senior and former Myrtle Beach High standout Khadijah Sessions delivered the win moments after a dramatic Aggie layup tied the game.

South Carolina sophomore A’ja Wilson dominated much of the contest, posting 26 points and eight blocked shots for the second time in as many games to help the Gamecocks to their third-straight win over a ranked opponent. Sessions finished with eight points, four steals, and two rebounds and assists. Coates may have struggled offensively, but dominated the glass, pulling in a game-high 11 rebounds. Mitchell scored 11 to go along with four steals and two assists.

After Wilson gave the Gamecocks a four-point lead, 57-53, with 1:16 to play, the teams traded turnovers, leading to Courtney Walker’s two free throws with 20 second to play. Down two and needing the ball, the Aggies sent the Gamecocks to the free throw line, where they initially could not put the game away. Texas A&M secured the defensive rebound on the second miss, and Jordan Jones looked to convert quickly but was fouled on the way to the basket. At the line with 4.5 seconds to play, the Aggies’ senior guard missed the first but converted the second to make it a 57-56 Gamecock lead.

Again the Gamecocks went to the free throw line, where Sessions hit the second of her two attempts with 3.4 second to go. Neither team had a timeout for the final play, but the Aggies went to Taylor Cooper who launched a pass from the baseline to hit Chelsea Jennings in stride at the Texas A&M free throw line for a layup to tie the game with 0.9 seconds on the clock. The Gamecocks got the ball inbounds quickly to Sessions, who was immediately fouled before any time came off the clock. Sessions again missed the first free throw, but hit the second to give the Gamecocks a 59-58 lead. The Aggies looked for one more bit of magic with a long pass from the baseline, but Tiffany Mitchell intercepted it to close out the victory.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

Comments

comments

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekend

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekendCoastal Carolina baseball's 11-2 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at Wilson

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at WilsonNot all that long ago, the Conway basketball team was [more]

Coastal men, women split against Appalachian State

Coastal men, women split against Appalachian StateCoastal Carolina ran into a hot-shooting Appalachian State team Saturday [more]

Girls Hoops: Socastee, CF eliminated; MB dominates

Girls Hoops: Socastee, CF eliminated; MB dominatesSocastee predicates everything it does on defense. But the Braves still [more]

Chants come out swinging in season debut over VCU

Chants come out swinging in season debut over VCUChants come out dNo. 21 Coastal Carolina baseball had a [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers, Tonka win at buzzer; MB tops SA

Boys Hoops: Tigers, Tonka win at buzzer; MB tops SAWhen Conway football coach Carlton Terry talks about Tonka Hemingway [more]

CCU baseball carries high expectations into season

CCU baseball carries high expectations into seasonThe No. 21 Coastal Carolina baseball team will open up [more]

Girls Hoops: CF advances; Braves survive Shark scare

Girls Hoops: CF advances; Braves survive Shark scareCarolina Forest wasn’t supposed to be here, hosting another playoff [more]

Tigers, Lady Braves enter playoffs as lone top seeds

Tigers, Lady Braves enter playoffs as lone top seedsIt took an extra day to materialize. There was a large-scale [more]

Eastside halts NMB's run in Class 4A state final match

Eastside halts NMB's run in Class 4A state final matchNorth Myrtle Beach’s historic wrestling season ended with the Chiefs [more]

Chants' comeback bid falls short on road to Bobcats

Chants' comeback bid falls short on road to BobcatsZac Cuthbertson had 15 points and seven rebounds, but Coastal [more]

Coastal men, women see winning streaks snapped

Coastal men, women see winning streaks snappedThe Coastal Carolina women’s basketball team had its three-game winning [more]

Chiefs charge past Eagles, shoot for first state crown

Chiefs charge past Eagles, shoot for first state crownFor the first time in a dozen year, the North [more]

Signing Day: Solomon, 7 Seahawks select schools

Signing Day: Solomon, 7 Seahawks select schoolsSocastee High speedster Kenney Solomon capped a strong sprint to [more]

Chadwell adds eight to cap first recruiting class at CCU

Chadwell adds eight to cap first recruiting class at CCUCoastal Carolina football head coach Jamey Chadwell announced the addition [more]

Hoops: Tonka tows Tigers to share of region crown

Hoops: Tonka tows Tigers to share of region crownConway used a late-second basket to beat visiting West Florence [more]

NMB downs South Aiken, makes Lower State Finals

NMB downs South Aiken, makes Lower State FinalsWith the North Myrtle Beach wrestling team's season on the [more]

Coastal men, women extend win streaks against Cajuns

Coastal men, women extend win streaks against CajunsZac Cuthbertson led five Coastal Carolina players in double digits [more]

Wrestling: NMB advances; Socastee out in first round

Wrestling: NMB advances; Socastee out in first roundDespite coming back from an early deficit, Socastee's wrestling squad [more]

Hoops: Lady Braves, Chiefs win, help playoff positions

Hoops: Lady Braves, Chiefs win, help playoff positionsOn a night that the North Myrtle Beach High volleyball [more]

Coastal sweeps Warhawks; men capture fourth straight

Coastal sweeps Warhawks; men capture fourth straightSenior forward Zac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 29 points and [more]

CCU trio makes preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball Team

CCU trio makes preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball TeamCoastal Carolina baseball had a trio of players in senior [more]

Coastal predicted to retain Sun Belt East Division title

Coastal predicted to retain Sun Belt East Division titleCoastal Carolina baseball was a unanimous pick to win the [more]

Hoops: Sharks fall in 4OTs; Lady Panthers survive rally

Hoops: Sharks fall in 4OTs; Lady Panthers survive rallyThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team nearly let a big [more]

Coast FA 04 Girls capture Classic State Cup crown

Coast FA 04 Girls capture Classic State Cup crownThe Coast FA 04 Girls Red team coached by Mark [more]

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekend

Chants blow past Camels, sweep opening weekendCoastal Carolina baseball's 11-2 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels [more]

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at Wilson

Boys Hoops: Tigers win again; MB falls at WilsonNot all that long ago, the Conway basketball team was [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach