Aggies edge Lady Vols in SEC semifinals
Duluth, GA (Sports Network) - Courtney Williams hit a go-ahead baseline jumper with 35 seconds remaining to lift No. 19 Texas A&M past No. 9 Tennessee, 66-62, in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
Kristi Bellock recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Aggies (23-9), who move on to Sunday's SEC Championship game to face either Kentucky or Georgia. Kelsey Bone and Adrienne Pratcher each netted 15 points for Texas A&M, while Courtney Walker chipped in 18 points in the victory.
Williams finished with just four points on 2-of-6 shooting, though her late jumper that snapped a 62-62 tie proved to be the difference-maker, as Tennessee's Kamiko Williams missed a lefty lay-in for the tie with 11 seconds to play. Walker then hit two free throws to secure the victory.
Taber Spani led all players with a career-high 33 points on 11-of-13 shooting -- including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc -- for the Lady Vols (24-7), whose next leading scorer, Meighan Simmons, had just 10 points.
Both teams went toe-to-toe in the first half, with Spani closing the action by hitting a triple to bring Tennessee within 35-33 at the break.
Tennessee led by 10, 50-40, with under 13 minutes remaining before the Aggies used a 12-2 swing to tie the game at 52-52 with 5:48 to play.
03/09 18:37:44 ET