DeNesha Stallworth and Linnae Harper each had 12 points for Kentucky (24-7), which will play Tennessee today in its fourth SEC Tournament final in the past five years. The Wildcats won their only title in 1982.
South Carolina (27-4), the SEC regular-season champion, had 16 turnovers, most coming in the first 10 minutes. The Gamecocks were playing in only their second semifinal, following an appearance in 2012.
The loss might be costly to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
NO. 6 TENNESSEE 86, NO. 15 TEXAS A&M 77
In Duluth, Ga., Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 13 rebounds and Tennessee (26-5) held off Texas A&M (24-8) to earn a spot in the title game.
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 83,
NO. 14 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 48
In Greensboro, N.C., Jewell Loyd scored 16 points to help Notre Dame (31-0) beat North Carolina State (25-7) in the semifinals.
NO. 10 DUKE 66, NO. 13 NORTH CAROLINA 61
Tricia Liston scored 17 points and Ka’lia Johnson hit the go-ahead free throws with 44.1 seconds left to help Duke (27-5) rally past North Carolina (24-9) in the semifinals.
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
CHATTANOOGA 66, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 57
In Asheville, N.C., Taylor Hall had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead defending champion and top-seeded Chattanooga (27-3) past Georgia Southern (10-21) in the quarterfinals.
Georgia Southern’s Anna Claire Knight had 20 points and topped the 1,000-point mark for her career.
OHIO VALLEY CHAMPIONSHIP
TENNESSEE MARTIN 78, BELMONT 66
In Nashville, Tenn., Jasmine Newsome scored 25 points, and Tennessee Martin (24-7) beat Belmont (15-17) to clinch its fourth consecutive title and NCAA Tournament berth.