Lady Vols cruise past Georgia, advance to SEC title game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Meighan Simmons scored 18 points and No. 4 Tennessee beat Georgia 82-58 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

The Lady Volunteers (30-2) will play in their 20th conference championship against No. 16 Kentucky or Vanderbilt.

Tennessee scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed. A 3-pointer by Taber Spani gave the Lady Vols a 16-2 lead with 13:51 left in the first half.

The Lady Bulldogs missed their first 14 shots from the field. Khaalidah Miller broke the drought when she hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key just before the shot clock expired to cut the margin to 16-5 with 9:55 to go before halftime.

Georgia scored the next seven points to pull to 16-9 but wouldn't get any closer with Tennessee shooting 48.4 percent for the game.

Jasmine Hassell led the fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs (21-10) with 20 points.

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