Defense sets up Georgia for easy win

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DULUTH, Ga. - Georgia held Kentucky scoreless for the first eight minutes and rolled to a 72-40 victory over the Wildcats on Friday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Georgia's Megan Darrah tries to strip the ball from Kentucky's Brittany Edelen during the second half of Friday's contest.  Associated Press
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Georgia's Megan Darrah tries to strip the ball from Kentucky's Brittany Edelen during the second half of Friday's contest.

Angela Robinson scored 15 points and Tasha Humphrey added 14 for Georgia. Each had eight rebounds as No. 10 Georgia won most of the inside battles against Kentucky's Jennifer Humphrey and Sarah Elliott, who combined for four points.

Georgia (25-5) advanced to the semifinals today against the winner of Friday's late Vanderbilt-Florida game.

Georgia is playing for its first SEC Tournament championship since 2001 and its fifth overall under coach Andy Landers.

NO. 2 TENNESSEE 81, SOUTH CAROLINA 63

Tennessee began its pursuit of a sixth sweep of the SEC's regular-season and tournament titles by beating South Carolina.

Sidney Spencer scored 22 points and Alexis Hornbuckle added 17 for Tennessee, which won its 34th consecutive match-up against the Gamecocks.

Parker added 10 points and 11 rebounds while sitting out much of the second half. Alex Fuller and Nicky Anosike each had eight points.

Tennessee advances to today's semifinal round against Louisiana State.

Lakesha Tolliver led South Carolina (17-14) with 13 points. Melanie Johnson added 11, all in the first half.

NO. 11 LOUISIANA STATE 52, MISSISSIPPI 46

Sylvia Fowles posted her 18th consecutive double-double and Louisiana State withstood Mississippi's second-half comeback to top the Rebels in their quarterfinal matchup.

LSU led by 15 points early in the second half after holding Ole Miss to 17 first-half points.

The Rebels then rallied with a 13-0 run that made the closing minutes interesting.

Fowles had 11 points and 14 rebounds for LSU (25-6).

Fowles, the first player to post double-doubles in all 14 regular-season conference games, scored in double figures for the 24th consecutive game.

Price led the Rebels (21-10) with 12 points despite making only three of her 15 shots from the field.


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