No. 3 South Carolina women outlast No. 24 Tennessee 62-56
South Carolina guard Doniyah Cliney (4) save the ball to guard Tiffany Mitchell (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A'ja Wilson scored 25 points as No. 3 South Carolina beat No. 24 Tennessee 62-56 on Monday night to clinch at least a share of its third straight Southeastern Conference women's basketball title.
South Carolina (24-1, 12-0) won the SEC regular-season championship outright in 2014 and tied Tennessee for first place last season. The Gamecocks can clinch the championship outright Thursday by beating Georgia.
Tennessee (15-10, 6-6) led 35-32 in the third quarter before South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell scored six straight points to help the Gamecocks take control. After hitting a game-tying 3-pointer, Mitchell made a basket that put South Carolina ahead for good with 2:47 left in the third.
The Lady Vols were within three points with seven minutes left before South Carolina went on a 12-2 run to seal the victory.
Diamond DeShields scored 21 points and Bashaara Graves had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Tennessee.