by Zachary Harmuth
Tennessee won the women’s SEC tournament, beating out Kentucky by just 1 point, 71-70.
The Lady Volunteers (27-5) have won seven in a row and with winning the tournament, they just might be heading for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
This is UT’s 17th SEC tournament title, and they would not have won it without Meghan Simmons’ 17 points and two steals. She also scored the go-ahead point, making two free throws with less than two minutes remaining.
To get there, Tennessee beat LSU by 5 (75-70) on Friday to move to the semi-finals against Texas A&M. Isabelle Harrison led UT with 21 points and 12 rebounds in this game, but five Lady Vols scored at least 10 points.
On Saturday, the Volunteers beat the Aggies very convincingly, 86-77. Again Harrision led the Vols in the game, with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 9-17 shooting. In the title game, Harrison had 16.
It started on Wednesday night, with Miss State beating Mizzou and Ole Miss beating Arkansas in two play in games.
Then on Thursday, Vanderbilt lost to Georgia in the first game of the day, 53-43. In the second game Thursday, Miss State lost to Florida. Then later LSU beat Bama. In the final game of the night, Auburn beat Ole Miss.
On Friday in the quarterfinals, No. 1 seed South Carolina beat Georgia by nearly 20 points, 67-48. Then Kentucky beat Florida 75-70. No. 2 overall seed Tennessee, of course, beat LSU next. And in the last game of the day, No. 3 seed A&M beat Auburn by 32.
In the semis on Saturday, No. 4 overall seed Kentucky beat SC 68-58. And, of course, UT beat A&M.
Here is a link to our SEC tourney coverage.