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No. 3 South Carolina women handle No. 13 Kentucky, 93-63
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By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points, leading five South Carolina players in double figures, and the third-ranked Gamecocks handled No. 13 Kentucky 93-63 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference women’s tournament Saturday.

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A day after South Carolina turned in its worst offensive performance of the season, coach Dawn Staley’s team delivered one of its best.

This one helped the top-seeded Gamecocks (30-1) advance to their second straight SEC title game. They will face either No. 16 Mississippi State or Tennessee in the championship game Sunday.

If South Carolina plays like it did against the Wildcats (23-7), it could be hoisting another trophy.

The Gamecocks opened up a double-digit lead in the first quarter, used an 11-0 run early in the third to make it a 20-point game and then turned it into a laugher with a barrage of 3-pointers in the fourth.

Makayla Epps led the fifth-seeded Wildcats with 16 points.

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