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SEC WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT - SEMIFINAL - Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL

Miss. State edges past Tennessee to advance to finals

897 days ago
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Victoria Vivians scored 30 points, her most since mid-December, and No. 16 Mississippi State beat Tennessee 58-46 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Saturday.

The Bulldogs (26-6) won their fifth in a row and advanced to the title game against top-seeded and league unbeaten South Carolina. The third-ranked Gamecocks beat No. 13 Kentucky 93-63 in the other semifinal.

This one was considerably closer until late.

Although Vivians single-handily turned a tight game into a double-digit lead in the third quarter, No. 7 seed Tennessee (19-13) rallied in the fourth and made it 43-41 with about 8 minutes to play.

But Mississippi State -- mostly Vivians -- responded.

After Morgan William and Dominique Dillingham hit baskets, Vivians scored five straight points to push the lead to 52-43 with 3:16 remaining.

Diamond DeShields led Tennessee with 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Victoria Vivians scored 30 points, her most since mid-December, and No. 16 Mississippi State beat Tennessee 58-46 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Saturday.

The Bulldogs (26-6) won their fifth in a row and advanced to the title game against top-seeded and league unbeaten South Carolina. The third-ranked Gamecocks beat No. 13 Kentucky 93-63 in the other semifinal.

This one was considerably closer until late.

Although Vivians single-handily turned a tight game into a double-digit lead in the third quarter, No. 7 seed Tennessee (19-13) rallied in the fourth and made it 43-41 with about 8 minutes to play.

But Mississippi State -- mostly Vivians -- responded.

After Morgan William and Dominique Dillingham hit baskets, Vivians scored five straight points to push the lead to 52-43 with 3:16 remaining.

Diamond DeShields led Tennessee with 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting.