Kentucky breezes past Georgia into SEC final

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DULUTH, Ga. — Jennifer O’Neill sank 3-pointers on each end of a 15-0 run early in the second half that gave Kentucky the lead, and the Wildcats rolled past Georgia 60-38 on Saturday night to earn a spot in the SEC Tournament championship game.

Kentucky's Jennifer O'Neill and Georgia's Shacobia Barbee chase after a loose ball during the second half of the Wildcats' 60-38 win in an SEC Tournament semifinal.   JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Kentucky's Jennifer O'Neill and Georgia's Shacobia Barbee chase after a loose ball during the second half of the Wildcats' 60-38 win in an SEC Tournament semifinal.

DeNesh Stallworth had 18 points for No. 7 Kentucky (27-4), which will face No. 19 Texas A&M in tonight’s final. The Wildcats, who lost to Tennessee in the 2010 and 2011 championship games, will play for their first championship since 1982.

Jasmine Hassell led No. 12 Georgia (25-6) with 17 points. Georgia, which made only 22.2 percent of its shots (14 of 63), led 24-19 at halftime and stretched the lead to seven points before Kentucky took control with its 15-0 run.

NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 66, NO. 9 TENNESSEE 62

In Duluth, Ga., Courtney Williams’ jumper with 33 seconds remaining gave Texas A&M the lead and the Aggies (23-9) went on to beat ninth-ranked Tennessee (24-7) in the Southeastern Conference semifinals, ending the Lady Vols’ bid for a fourth consecutive championship.

Courtney Walker had 18 points to lead four scorers in double figures for Texas A&M.

Taber Spani had a career-high 33 points for top-seeded Tennessee, the SEC’s regular-season champion.

ACC TOURNAMENT

NO. 6 DUKE 72, NO. 23 FLORIDA STATE 56

In Greensboro, N.C., Haley Peters had 17 points and 13 rebounds, including the go-ahead basket with 4:06 left, to help Duke (29-2) beat Florida State (22-9) in in the semifinals.

Tricia Liston also scored 17 for the top-seeded Blue Devils, who advanced to today’s championship game for the 11th time in 14 seasons.

NO. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 72,

NO. 10 MARYLAND 65

Latifah Coleman scored 15 of her career-high 17 points in the final 6-plus minutes and North Carolina (28-5) beat Maryland (24-7) in the semifinals.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 20 points for the third-seeded Tar Heels.

Alyssa Thomas had 26 points, 12 rebounds and finished three assists shy of a second consecutive triple-double for the second-seeded Terrapins.


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