published Friday, March 4th, 2011

No. 4 Tennessee beats Florida 92-75 in SEC tourney

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    Tennessee forward Alicia Manning (15) takes the ball down the court as she is chased by Florida defenders Deana Allen (12) and Jordan Jones (33) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Southeastern Conference tournament on Friday, March 4, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee won 92-75. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE — Glory Johnson scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 4 Tennessee beat eighth-seeded Florida 92-75 Friday in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.

The Lady Volunteers (29-2) will meet either fourth-seeded Georgia or fifth-seeded South Carolina in Saturday’s semifinals.

Tennessee had a 38-36 halftime lead, but Johnson hit a long-range jumper, a shot in the paint and a fast-break layup in the first 1:25 of the second half to give the Lady Vols a 44-36 lead.

Jordan Jones hit a 3-pointer from the corner to cut the margin to five points, but it was as close as the Gators (18-14) would get.

The Lady Vols shot 69.2 percent in the second half and hit 17 of 25 from the free-throw line after halftime. Shekinna Stricklen added 20 points for Tennessee.

Lanita Bartley led Florida with 14 points.

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