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Destanni Henderson

  • position Guard
  • height 5-7
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Fort Myers, Fla.
  • High school Fort Myers
  • position Guard
  • height 5-7
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Fort Myers, Fla.
  • High school Fort Myers

Destanni Henderson Bio

Career Game-by-Game Stats (PDF)

Awards

Junior Year (2020-21)
SEC All-Tournament Team
SEC Academic Honor Roll
 
Sophomore Year (2019-20)
SEC All-Tournament Team
SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
 
Freshman Year (2018-19)

SEC All-Freshman Team
SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
 
High School

McDonald’s All-America (2018)
Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball (2018)
Florida Dairy Farmers Class 7A Player of the Year (2017, 2018)
 

International (USA Basketball)

2021 FIBA AmeriCup, gold medal
2016 FIBA U17 World Cup, bronze medal
2015 U16 National Team Trials
 

In the Record Book

Career
5th – Assists in career SEC games (160)
 
Season
8th – 3-point field goal percentage in a season (.414 (41-99) in 2020-21)
8th – Assist-to-turnover ratio in a season (1.78 in 2020-21)
4th – Assists in an SEC season (89 in 2020-21)
3rd – Minutes played in an SEC season (551 in 2020-21)
Most field goal attempts in a single SEC Tournament (44 in 2021)

 

Junior Year (2020-21)

  • Led the SEC and ranked 36th in the nation with 5.1 assists per game … led SEC in league play as well (5.6)
  • Scored nine of her 18 points against #2/2 Stanford (Apr. 2) in the final 2:26 as the Gamecocks pushed the Cardinal to the final shot of the NCAA semifinal game
  • Dished out five of her game-high seven assists in the first half of the NCAA Elite Eight game against Texas (Mar. 30), and picked it up offensively in the third, scoring seven of her 12 points in the third quarter
  • Had the offense cooking in the NCAA Sweet 16 game against Georgia Tech (Mar. 28), notching a game-high seven assists while scoring nine points of her own
  • Scored four of her 12 points in NCAA second-round game against Oregon St. (Mar. 23) during 15-4 run to close first half
  • Team’s second-leading scorer in the SEC Tournament (16.3 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg) and shot 46.7 percent from 3-point range (7-of-15) to earn All-Tournament honors for the second-straight season
  • Played all 40 minutes of the SEC Championship game against #16/21 Georgia (Mar. 7), scoring 12 of her 18 points in the second half and tying her career high with nine rebounds.
  • Scored seven points during Carolina’s 12-0 game opening run against Alabama (Mar. 5) in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on her way to 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc
  • Played all 40 minutes at #3/3 Texas A&M (Feb. 28), scoring eight of her team-high 15 points in the second quarter and hitting a fourth-quarter 3 that made it a three-point game with 3:00 to play …  dished out a game-high six assists
  • Stopped a potential run by #17/17 Kentucky (Feb. 21) with a quick 5-0 run in the second quarter on her way to a 14-point performance, her fifth straight game in double figures
  • Got off to a hot start against LSU (Feb. 14) scoring seven points in the first and tallying seven more in the third on her way to a game-high 19 points
  • Exploded for a personal 7-0 run in the third quarter against Missouri (Feb. 11), pushing Carolina’s lead to eight … finished with 11 points and four steals, a new career high in SEC play
  • Was lethally efficient with her distribution at Auburn (Feb. 4), dishing out nine assists with zero turnovers
  • Came out hot against Alabama (Jan. 31), scoring eight of her 14 points and dishing out four of her game-high seven assists in the first quarter … locked in from deep going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc
  • Lit the fuse on the rally at LSU (Jan. 21) with seven points in the third and seven more in the fourth, including five straight to give the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish
  • Notched the first double-double of her career with a 14-point 10-assist performance against #15/16 Arkansas (Jan. 18), dropping four dimes in the third quarter as the Gamecocks pulled away
  • Great game management early at Vanderbilt (Jan. 14) with five points and four assists in the first quarter en route to third-straight double-digit scoring game and career-high tying nine assists
  • Led the team in scoring for the second game in a row at #10/8 Kentucky (Jan. 10), pouring in a new SEC career-high 22 points, including eight straight in the fourth quarter to stretch a three-point lead to a nine-point advantage
  • Took over in the second quarter at Alabama (Jan. 4), scoring the team’s final six points of the half and hit a big 3 in the third quarter after Tide closed to within nine … finished with a new career high in conference play with 20 points along with eight rebounds and five assists
  • Made her presence felt away from the basket against Florida (Dec. 31), dishing out nine assists and pulling down seven rebounds
  • Posted second-straight seven-assist outing against Temple (Dec. 17), finishing with no turnovers in her 25 minutes
  • Controlled the game at #23/18 Iowa State (Dec. 6) early with a pair of late 3s and five assists in the first quarter alone to help establish a 10-point lead after the opening stanza
  • Scored a career-high 23 points against #21/20 Gonzaga (Nov. 29), all in the second half, answering the bell every time the Zags tied or took a lead in the fourth quarter and hit four the team’s six free throw attempts in the final minute to seal the victory and lock up Women’s Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic MVP honors for herself
  • Scored 10 of her 19 points in the third quarter against South Dakota (Nov. 28), tying the game high in both points and rebounds with nine


Sophomore Year (2019-20)

  • Part of first team in program history to end the season ranked No. 1 in the nation, claiming that spot in both the AP and the USA Today Coaches’ Poll
  • In SEC games, tied for 15th in league with 3.1 assists per game, ranked sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0)
  • Named to the SEC All-Tournament team after contributing 13.0 points and 4.7 assists per game to the Gamecocks’ championship run
  • Poured in a career-best 21 points in the SEC Tournament semifinal against #25/- Arkansas (Mar. 7), 11 points in the second quarter behind three 3s in the period
  • Handled pressure defense of Auburn (Feb. 13) with just one turnover and five assists in 25 minutes
  • Sank a pair of 3s in the second quarter against #5/6 UConn (Feb. 10) to help stake a 14-point lead late in the half
  • Celebrated her birthday by dropping nine of her 12 points in the third quarter against #22/22 Tennessee (Feb. 2)
  • Hit a pair of 3s on hot-shooting night at Alabama (Jan. 5), including five points in an 8-0 fourth-quarter run that put the game out of reach
  • Dished out a career-high eight assists in the SEC opener against #13/13 Kentucky (Jan. 2), including four in the second quarter
  • Led the team with 15 points and had great defensive focus throughout the game against Purdue (Dec. 15)
  • Scored five of her team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter against Purdue (Dec. 15) to help the Gamecocks seal the victory
  • Notched four of her career-high five steals in the second quarter at Temple (Dec. 7) and hit a clutch 3 late in the third quarter after the Owls had closed within a point
  • Drained a three to ignite a 10-0 run to give Carolina a lead it would not relinquish against #2/2 Baylor (Nov. 30)
  • Scored eight of her nine points during a 10-2 run midway through the first half against Washington St. (Nov. 29)
  • Best shooting of the season against Appalachian State (Nov. 17) to finish second on team with 16 points

 
Freshman Year (2018-19)

  • Earned spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team after posting 7.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting, including 42.1 percent from 3-point range, in league play
  • Averaged the most minutes among Carolina freshmen at 15.6, including 17.2 per SEC game
  • Drew the start nine times in her 31 games, including all three games of the NCAA Tournament and three SEC regular-season games
  • Made her mark on the SEC with a strong five-game stretch to open February, posting 15.0 points and 3.6 assists per game and shooting 59.5 percent, including 59.1 (13-of-22) percent from 3-point range, during the stretch
  • Made NCAA Tournament debut against Belmont (Mar. 22), starting and playing 25 minutes of stifling defense
  • Three of career-high four 3s against #16/17 Kentucky (Feb. 21) came in fourth quarter as Gamecocks tried to finish off comeback
  • Took over in second quarter at Florida (Feb. 17) scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting to help Gamecocks take the lead for good
  • Huge offensive spark off the bench against Georgia (Feb. 14) with eight of her team-high 14 points coming during a 15-2 first-quarter run that turned a five-point deficit into a six-point lead
  • Hit two threes in the second quarter to help separate the Gamecocks against Ole Miss (Feb. 7) on her way to second-straight game in double figures
  • Scored 12 of her career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter at Arkansas (Feb. 3), helping deliver the late Gamecock comeback with two buckets in the paint, two 3s and two free throws
  • Transition layup cut halftime deficit to Vanderbilt (Jan. 28) to just two points
  • Played in a career-high 29 minutes, connecting on go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:06 to go in the game to help the Gamecocks defeat #21/21 Texas A&M (Jan. 3) on the road
  • Scored 10 points against Furman (Dec. 30), hitting a pair of threes including one with 35 seconds left in the fourth to ice the game
  • Opened scoring vs. Temple (Dec. 21) with a 3, adding another late in the first quarter to help Gamecocks to 25-15 lead after first quarter
  • Debuted with a bang, hitting four 3s for 13 points at Alabama State (Nov. 11)

 
High School

  • Rated the No. 1 point guard and No. 9 overall recruit in the Class of 2018 by espnW
  • Posted 15.2 ppg, 6.1 apg, 3.3 spg as senior en route to McDonald’s All-America and Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Basketball honors
  • Helped Fort Myers to three state championships (2016, 2017, 2018) while amassing 1,649 career points
  • Earned Florida Dairy Farmers Class 7A Player of the Year honors in her junior and senior seasons
  • Helped U.S. to a bronze medal in the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship, averaging 7.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and a team-high 5.0 assists, prior to her junior year

 
Personal

  • Daughter of Joyel James and Derrick Henderson; has two younger sisters, Ja’Ziah and Jada Strong, and a younger brother, Jayden Strong
  • Majoring in criminology and criminal justice

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