No. 5 SC take SEC title over Mississippi St

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Coates missed a win on February 23 at Texas A&M and returned last Sunday when the Gamecocks wrapped up their fourth straight SEC title by beating Kentucky.

Every Gamecock able to play in the game recorded at least five minutes with seven of the 10 scoring at least four points.

Follow along Saturday evening as Jennifer Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader and Kentucky.com provides live updates from courtside as the University of Kentucky women's basketball team takes on the the University of SC in the semifinal round of the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament at Greenville, S.C.

"We had our chances, bottom line", Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said of that Big Monday game, which was one of the most exciting of this women's basketball season.

"Our fans really painted a picture of what it's supposed to look like at home and on the road", USC coach Dawn Staley said.

"We talked about it a lot", said Dominique Dillingham, who led Mississippi State with 14 points Saturday. "Honestly I thought that Clemson battled and competed in the batter's box probably a little better than we did tonight". Rice played hard the entire game, even when she was in foul trouble late.

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Neither have the Bulldogs moped after losing their last two regular-season games, at Kentucky and at home to Tennessee. "We let that affect how we played on the defensive end of the floor".

"It was a really great game ... a hard-fought game", she said. Davis and Herbert Harrigan both scored 17 points as the Gamecocks shot 57.1 percent from the field. Georgia found its footing after getting to the free throw line a few times midway through the period, but the Gamecocks offense was on full display. They jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the opening minutes.

They beat Tennessee for the 2015 SEC title, and Mississippi State previous year.

Redshirt senior guard Pachis Roberts posted her fifth-straight double-digit performance with 15 points, while sophomore forward Caliya Robinson added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Mississippi State has rebounded following disappointing losses to Kentucky and Tennessee. "To be here and so close to it, it's exciting".

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