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No. 2 Gamecocks hold off No. 15 Aggies

2322 days ago
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Khadijah Sessions hit the game-winning free throw with 0.9 seconds left after an inexplicable foul, lifting No. 2 South Carolina to a 59-58 win over No. 15 Texas A&M on Sunday.

The Aggies had tied the game on an 80-foot baseball style pass from Taylor Cooper to Chelsea Jennings with a second left before surprisingly Shlonte Allen grabbed Sessions on the ensuing inbounds pass.

Sessions missed her first attempt before swishing the second to seal the win. She had missed one of two free throws moments before allowing the Aggies a chance to tie.

The Gamecocks (17-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) held their biggest lead at 55-49 with 2:33 left before the Aggies (13-5, 3-2) rallied and set up the frantic finish.

Wilson scored 14 straight points during one stretch and also finished with eight rebounds. Wilson matched her career high with eight blocked shots.

Jordan Jones had 17 points and Courtney Walker 16 to lead Texas A&M.

It looked like the Gamecocks were about to pull away after Wilson's driving layup. But Walker's bucket and two foul shots brought the Aggies back.

The South Carolina-Texas A&M series has been tight since the Aggies joined the SEC, the Gamecocks losing the first three by nine points or less before a 79-61 victory last year.

This one was no different, the lead changing hands 14 times the opening two quarters with Walker's breakaway layup right before the horn sounded giving Texas A&M a 27-26 lead at the half.

It was the second straight game South Carolina trailed at the break. The Gamecocks rallied to defeat No. 9 Kentucky 73-62 last Thursday night.

Texas A&M opened by hitting six of its first seven shots for a 13-6 lead. But South Carolina scored the next 10 points and neither team led by more than three points the rest of the half.


Texas A&M: Aggies standouts Courtney Walker and Courtney Williams rank first and third in active SEC points leaders. Walker has 1,714 points, a career average of 14 points a game. Williams has 1,330, 11.6 per game.

South Carolina: Gamecocks have won 13 of their 17 games this season by double digits, including four of five so far in SEC play.


Texas A&M takes on another ranked opponent, No. 24 Missouri, on Thursday night.

South Carolina travels to play Auburn on Thursday night.