She should have had her name called. The way Khadijah Sessions quarterbacked South Carolina’s defense, the story of its second straight SEC tournament championship should have landed her on the all-tournament team.
Teammates A’ja Wilson and Tiffany Mitchell were named, as well as Victoria Vivians, Makayla Epps and Diamond DeShields from the tournament’s other semifinalists. Mitchell was named MVP.
Not taking anything away from Mitchell, but Sessions should have had that award.
“I don’t think I deserve to be on the team. They put who they want there,” Sessions said without rancor. “I’m just going to do whatever it takes to get my team a win.”
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Her coach differed.
Staley knew why – it’s scoring that’s singled out by the voters and the five chosen did it in bunches this weekend. Playing amazing defense and doing the little things – Sessions dove for so many loose balls the past two days she had the floor imprinted on her stomach – went un-noticed.
“I think sometimes, because our team has so many great players, the ones that really make an incredible impact aren’t the ones that are highlighted,” Staley said.
Sessions said she didn’t mind, saying she only would have been mad had the Gamecocks lost.
Yet she did have a message for her next (hopefully) six games – pay attention, because you’ll see a show.
“I took some things personal when this tournament started,” she said. “I felt I should have been on the (all-SEC) defensive team and I wasn’t, so I had to show them I should have been there.
“Me and coach have these conversations all the time. She said, ‘Sometimes, playing with All-Americans, you go un-noticed, but you make them go. So feel good about that.’ And I feel absolutely good about that.”
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