Mitchell scores 19, leads SEC champ No. 3 Gamecocks to win

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson, center, drives to the basket while defended by Georgia's Shacobia Barbee during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Tiffany Mitchell scored 19 points and No. 3 South Carolina wrapped up its third straight Southeastern Conference title with a 61-51 victory over Georgia on Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (25-1, 13-0 SEC) had earned a share of the league crown last Monday night with a 62-56 win at Tennessee. This victory clinched it outright and kept South Carolina on track, with three games remaining, for a perfect run through the SEC.

Not that it was easy.

The Lady Bulldogs (19-7, 7-6) are the SEC's top defensive team and kept the high-scoring Gamecocks on their heels most of the contest.

Georgia cut a 16-point deficit to 50-45 on Marjorie Butler's basket with 2:24 remaining. But Mitchell answered with a jumper and the Lady Bulldogs could not respond.

A'ja Wilson had 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks for the Gamecocks.

Tiaria Griffin led Georgia with 22 points and eight rebounds.