Carlie Needles led Florida (22-8) with 15 points.
Gaines and Frazier knocked down their first shots of the second half, both 3-pointers, to extend the Georgia lead.
This one helped the top-seeded Gamecocks (30-1) advance to their second straight SEC title game.
Notice had 15 points for the Gamecocks, who snapped a two-game slide.
Senior Michael Carrera missed the regular season finale with a hip injury. SC has won all three matchups this year, and has won six of the last eight wins in the series.
“Really, when you look at it, what an improvement in this team”. “We needed to play really well to win a game like that”. So, don’t be shocked if we are still watching Avery Johnson and company play this time next week in the Music City. We could have tried to shoot with our eyes closed and it probably would have went in. While going to the NIT once again might be disheartening for some, keep in mind how many teams out there would love to have the chance to host or just play in a postseason tournament after next week (hello, Auburn).
Kentucky had as many turnovers as baskets (seven) in the first 10 minutes and trailed 23-16.
The Razorbacks missed a total of nine shots during the cold snap, and the Gamecocks made them pay with an incredible advantage in rebounding for the first half in total. They pulled to within four points at 35-31 on Evelyn Akhator’s three-point play with 4:11 until halftime.
Kentucky and SC have a long history of dislike.
Yante Maten scored 19 points for the Bulldogs, and Frazier finished with 17.
Hale finished two points shy of matching his career scoring high before he fouled out with 1:06 remaining.
Dusty Hannahs and Anthlon Bell had 16 points each to lead Arkansas, while Moses Kingsley added 13 in the regular-season finale. When the Razorbacks were able to run their offense, they too would find success, and started to shoot their way back into the game in the final eight minutes.
Brandi Montgomery led Auburn’s efforts with 18 points and six rebounds while Janiah McKay and Tra’Cee Tanner had 10 points apiece.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Tiffany Mitchell sank her fourth and final 3-pointer, looked to the SC bench and then shimmied.
Mitchell scored 20 points, leading five Gamecocks in double figures, and third-ranked SC handled No. 13 Kentucky 93-63 in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference women’s tournament Saturday.
Alaina Coates led the Gamecocks with a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.
Makayla Epps led the fifth-seeded Wildcats with 16 points.
Georgia Tech got 19 points and 12 rebounds from forward Nick Jacobs and 10 points and seven assists from point guard Marcus Georges-Hunt.
It’s SC vs. Mississippi State for the SEC Women’s Tournament championship in Jacksonville. Kentucky will return and await certain at-large selection into the NCAA tournament.
UK’s head coach said he can’t imagine a scenario where Kentucky doesn’t earn one of the top four seeds if not higher.
– SC shot 52.9% from the field on 37-of-70 shooting, marking just the third time this season that an opponent has shot above a. 500 clip. We’re a very good defensive team that deserves to show what a great defensive team we are in the NCAA Tournament. “It’s something you have to learn and bounce back from”. “Our resume for what type of team we are is good going into the NCAA Tournament”.