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Khadijah Sessions
Khadijah  Sessions

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Myrtle Beach, S.C.

High School:
Myrtle Beach

Height:
5-8

Position:
G


12/3/14

Khadijah Sessions the Motor that Drives No. 1 Gamecocks

By David Cloninger (The State)

2/12/2015

Sessions daily gaining confidence in her offensive abilities

By Brian Hand (Spurs & Feathers)

2012-13 Gamecock Spotlight Video


Awards
Junior Year (2014-15)
SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

Sophomore Year (2013-14)
SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll

Freshman Year (2012-13)
SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

High School
Parade All-America (2011-12)
South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Class 4A South Carolina Player of the Year (2011-12)


In the Record Books
Season
1st – Games played in a season (37 in 2014-15)
4th – Games started in a season (36 in 21014-15)
Most games played in a junior season (37 in 2014-15)


Junior Year (2014-15)
  • Played in every game, starting all but the season opener
  • Ranked 11th in the SEC in assists (2.8) and 10th in steals (1.8)
  • Led the team in assists 11 times – NC Central, Charlotte, at Hampton, Auburn, at Alabama, at Missouri, at Ole Miss, at Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, vs. Tennessee
  • Tied her career high with four steals against #7/7 Florida State (Mar. 29), including one she converted into a layup at the buzzer to cap the Gamecocks’ comeback in the NCAA regional final
  • Sparked 20-1 second-half run against Savannah State (Mar. 20) with back-to-back steals converted into layups as defense locked down for first time
  • Shot 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from 3-point range and committed just two turnovers in SEC Tournament (3 games)
  • Tied career high with three 3s in SEC Tournament championship game against #5/5 Tennessee (Mar. 8), including two early in the first half to establish herself as an offensive threat and stretch the defense
  • Tied for team-high honors with four assists against #6/6 Tennessee (Feb. 23) without committing a turnover in 33 minutes of action
  • Posted five points and three steals in first four minutes at Arkansas (Feb. 19) en route to best all-around game of the season
  • Set the tone defensively against #12/10 Texas A&M (Jan. 26) with two of her career-high tying four steals coming in the opening three minutes of the game
  • Tied career high with three 3s against #10/11 Kentucky (Jan. 11), including one off balance at the end of the shot clock to turn a four-point lead into seven midway through the second half
  • Swiped four steals at Alabama (Jan. 8), including back-to-back possessions to spark first-half run that broke open game
  • Swiped one of her three steals late in the comeback at #9/8 Duke and was part of the double-team that generated Olivia Gaines’ steal in the last 20 seconds that set up the game-winning play
  • Capped the 11-0 comeback run late against #22/22 Syracuse (Nov. 28) with a transition layup
  • Hit a clutch 3-pointer to start a 14-0 run that erased a Southern Cal (Nov. 15) lead with seven minutes left and put the game out of reach



Sophomore Year (2013-14)
  • Played in 29 games, starting the first 10 games then missing five with an ankle injury before returning to starting lineup at Vanderbilt (Jan. 26)
  • Ranked 13th in SEC in free throw percentage (.718)
  • Led the team in assists eight times – LA Tech, CofC, Seton Hall, NC Central, at Auburn, at Texas A&M, Missouri, at Tenn.)
  • Scored in double figures for first time in NCAA Tournament with 13 against Oregon State (Mar. 25), hitting 6-of-8 from the free throw line, while also helping shut down Beavers’ top scorer
  • Hit 4-of-4 free throws in final 94 seconds to help ice win over CSU Northridge (Mar. 23) in NCAA Tournament opener
  • Was perfect 3-of-3 from outside the arc for season-high 18 points at #15/15 Kentucky (Feb. 20), including two 3s in second half to hold off Wildcats
  • Scored four of her nine points at #19/17 LSU (Feb. 16) from the free throw line on a pair of 1-and-1 opportunities late in the second half to hold off Lady Tigers
  • Netted double figures for third-straight game at Mississippi State (Feb. 6), including pair of free throws in final minute to seal win
  • Hit a pair of free throws on a 1-and-1 opportunity to seal win at #16/19 Vanderbilt (Jan. 26)
  • Picked up steal after forcing a jump ball with Gamecocks down by three with 15 seconds left at #25/21 Texas A&M (Jan. 16) to set up Tiffany Mitchell’s game-tying 3 with six seconds to play
  • Logged 28 minutes at Auburn (Jan. 12), the most since returning from injury, hitting a clutch 3 after Tigers had tied game for fourth time with seven minutes to play then iced win with a pair of free throws in final minute



Freshman Year (2012-13)
  • Played in every game, starting three SEC contests
  • Led the team in scoring three times – at Florida, Auburn, at Missouri
  • Paced the team in assists three times – Furman, at Florida, at Missouri
  • Scored in double figures six times
  • Shot career-best 4-of-5 in second-round SEC Tournament game against Alabama (March 7), scoring seven of her 11 points in the second half
  • Drained a 3 from the right corner to start a personal 5-0 run after Florida (March 3) had come within two midway through the second half, adding 5-of-6 free throw attempts in the period
  • Swiped all of her career-high four steals in the first half against Mississippi State (Feb. 24), including three in the game’s first three minutes … earned first career start at Ole Miss (Feb. 17), adding 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting
  • Scored 14 of her career-high 19 points against Auburn (Feb. 3) in the second half, shooting 8-of-9 from free throw line for the game, including 6-of-7 in final 90 seconds to help seal victory
  • Was solid secondary ball-handler against the pressure of #5/4 Kentucky (Jan. 24), committing no turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench, while adding eight pints, including a free throw in the final 11 seconds to help deliver the victory
  • Took advantage of a career-high 28 minutes at Florida (Jan. 20) to lead the team in scoring, hitting 6-of-10 from the free throw line, including three in the final 30 seconds to help seal the victory
  • Hit all four free throws in the final two minutes against Vanderbilt (Jan. 10) to stymie any ideas of a late comeback for the Commodores



High School
  • Rated the No. 7 point guard in the class of 2012 and the No. 40 player overall by ESPN Hoopgurlz
  • Earned Parade All-America honors in 2012
  • Named Class AAA Player of the Year by both the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association and the South Carolina Coaches Association for Women’s Sports as a senior (2011-12)
  • Four-time SCBCA All-State selection
  • Became first player to be selected Miss Hoop Zone by WPDE-TV three times (2009, 2010, 2012)
  • Helped team to back-to-back Class AAA state championships as a sophomore and junior
  • Averaged 29.5 points and 9.0 rebounds her senior season
  • Ranked fifth in state history with 3,020 career points
  • Played six seasons for Brian Kiper’s Myrtle Beach High Seahawks



Personal
  • Daughter of Michelle Sessions and Troy McCollum, has an older sister, Dasha McCollum, and two younger brothers, Tre McCollum and Keyonte’ Sessions
  • Majoring in hospitality management


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