By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
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DULUTH, Ga. – Courtney Williams' jumper with 35 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as fourth-seeded Texas A&M upset top-seeded Tennessee, 66-62, to reach its first-ever Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Williams, a freshman from Houston, Texas, scored a team-high 18 points for the Aggies (23-9), who placed four players in double figures. Kelsey Bone and Adrienne Pratcher each added 15 points, while Kristi Bellock chipped in 12 points and brought down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Texas A&M marches on to Sunday’s SEC Tournament Championship, where it will face the winner of the Kentucky vs. Georgia semifinal. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
The Aggies shot 38.9 percent (28-of-72) from the field for the game, while the Lady Vols shot 42.9 percent (24-of-56). Texas A&M out-rebounded Tennessee 42-31.
Taber Spani led Tennessee (24-7) with a career-high 33 points to complement a team-high eight rebounds. Spani was 11-of-13 from the field, 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Meighan Simmons added 10 points for the Lady Vols, who were the SEC regular-season champions.
TEXAS A&M NOTES
• Texas A&M improves to 23-9 on the season and advances to the SEC Tournament championship game in their first year in the league.
• This is the sixth-consecutive year A&M has advanced to a conference tournament final; the Aggies played in the Big 12 championship game each of the last five seasons.
• This is the Aggies’ first win over Tennessee in four all-time meetings.
• Texas A&M becomes the first SEC expansion team to advance to the conference title game in tournament history.
• The Aggies are 22-4 this season when leading at halftime; A&M led 35-33 at the break today.
• Freshman guard Courtney Walker led A&M with 18 points, the eighth time she has paced the Aggies this season.
• Senior forward Kristi Bellock recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
• Four Aggies scored in double-figures in today’s game, Walker, Bellock, Bone (15) and Pratcher (15).
• Texas A&M won the rebounding battle, 42-31,and points in the paint, 34-22.
• Tennessee falls to 24-7 overall and 70-18 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
• The Lady Vols are now 3-1 all-time against Texas A&M.
• Senior forward Taber Spani led the Lady Vols with a career-high 33 points.
• The last time a Tennessee player scored 30 or more points was Meighan Simmons against North Carolina on Dec. 2, also with 33 points.
• Spani led UT in scoring for the third time this year and scored in double figures for the 18th time.
• Spani became the 38th Lady Vol to score 1,000 points in her career. She now has 1,006 career points.
• Spani sank a career-best five treys, which moved her ahead of Sidney Spencer (133) into eighth on UT’s career 3-point field goals made with 138.
• This marked the first time this season Tennessee has failed to win when leading at the 10-minute mark (22-0).
• Tennessee does not advance to the SEC Tournament Championship for the first time since 2009.
• The Lady Vols entered the contest on a 10-game win streak in SEC Tournament games.