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    Tennessee Rolls Past South Carolina

    2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
    Game 10: #2 Tennessee 74, #6 South Carolina 58

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the second game in a row, seniors Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen dominated in the second half to lead the Lady Vols to an SEC Tournament victory. This time, No. 2 seed Tennessee posted a 74-58 victory over No. 6 South Carolina at Bridgestone Arena.

    Tennessee (22-8) will take on No. 4 LSU (22-8), coached by Lady Vols legend Nikki Caldwell in the SEC Championship Game on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT. The game airs on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.

    A day after combining for 29 points and 10 rebounds in the second half, Johnson and Stricklen combined for 34 points and 10 rebounds in the win over South Carolina.

    Johnson led all UT scorers with 23 points, with 18 coming in the second half. She also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.

    Stricklen scored all of her 16 points in the second half -- the second game in a row she did that, as she had all 18 of her points in the second half of Friday's Quarterfinal win over Vanderbilt.

    South Carolina (22-9) were led by Ieasia Walker and Markeshia Grant, as each scored 13 points.

    Tennessee continued to pull away as once against it was the Johnson and Stricklen show for the second game in a row. The duo combined to score 24 of 26 Lady Vol points over a span of 12 minutes in the second half.

    The Lady Vols took the first double-figure lead (51-40) of the game on a jumper by Ariel Massengale with 9:10 left in the second half. Johnson extended the lead to 13 on a lay-up with 8:34 left forcing Dawn Staley to call timeout. The Gamecocks responded with a 3-pointer by Tina Roy.

    Tennessee pulled away from South Carolina with a 16-6 run after USC got within three points.
     
    Early in the second half, Markeshia Grant's free throws with 18:06 left brought the Gamecocks within three at 32-29.

    Tennessee led 28-22 at halftime finishing the half with five points in a row by freshman Cierra Burdick. She was one of five Lady Vols with at least five points in the first half. Vicki Baugh led the way with six points. Stricklen was held scoreless in the first half for the second game in a row.

    2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament
    Game 10 – Saturday, March 3 –5:00 p.m.
    #6 South Carolina vs. #2 Tennessee

    TOURNAMENT  NOTES

    •    Session 5 attendance: 11,024, the fifth-highest attendance for any session in SEC Tournament history.

    SOUTH CAROLINA NOTES

    •    South Carolina is now 23-9 on the season, 6-21 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
    •    USC had four players in double-digit scoring led by junior guard Ieasia Walker, senior guard Markeshia Grant, with 13 points apiece.
    •    Walker led the team in scoring for the sixth time this season, while it was the ninth time doing so for Grant.
    •    Senior guard La’Keisha Sutton and freshman guard Tina Roy each had 10 points.
    •    This marked the third game this season where four Gamecocks scored in double digits, but the first SEC game and the first time it had occurred in a loss.
    •    Freshman forward Aleighsa Welch led the Gamecocks with five rebounds, the 14th time she has led USC in rebounding this season

    TENNESSEE NOTES

    •    Tennessee is now 23-8 on the season, 68-17 all-time in the SEC Tournament and will advance to play LSU at 5:00 Sunday.
    •    The Lady Vols advance to their 21st SEC Tournament Final, and will be looking for their 16th Tournament Title.
    •    Tennessee has won eight consecutive SEC Tournament games and three consecutive Second Round games,both dating back to March 2010
    •    With the win Tennessee improves to 44-3 in the all-time series versus South Carolina dating back to the 1979-80 season.
    •    This is the third consecutive game with all-senior five starting lineup. The Lady Vols are now 3-0 sporting this lineup combination.
    •    Tennessee is now 21-1 when they lead at halftime, including the last 20 straight, with the lone loss coming to Baylor (11/27).
    •    Senior forward Glory Johnson led UT in scoring in the win with 23 points in the win, just two shy of her SEC Tournament high mark of 25 set against Florida last season (3/4/11).
    •    Johnson collected the 34th double-double of her career with 10 rebounds on top of her 23 points.
    •    Senior guard Shekinna Stricklen scored 16 points, her 26th game in double-figures this season.
    •    UT outscored USC in points in the paint, 36-20
    •    UT won the rebounding battle, 38-30.