Kentucky women claim top seed in SEC tourney

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Welcome to the wide-open 2012 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball tournament.

Sure, No. 10 Kentucky won its first SEC

title since 1982, and 13th-ranked Tennessee treats winning this

tournament like an annual rite of March — adding its 15th championship a

year ago.

But SEC teams see plenty of opportunity

in the tournament starting Thursday in a season where Kentucky lost

three times away from home in league play, and the Lady Vols are playing

through a season like no other.

Vanderbilt junior forward Tiffany Clarke

says it will be a challenge but that it’s literally any team’s title

this time around with every team so competitive.

The tournament opens Thursday with No. 8 seed Florida playing ninth-seeded Auburn, and the winner gets Kentucky on Friday.

First and second round coverage of the Women’s SEC Tournament will be carried by SportSouth and Fox Sports South.