published Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Simmons, Lady Vols top Kentucky 71-70 in final

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    Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) reacts after a Kentucky turnover in the final moments of their NCAA basketball game in the finals of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. Tennessee won 71-70.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

DULUTH, Ga. — Meighan Simmons scored 17 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 1:45 remaining, and No. 6 Tennessee edged 12th-ranked Kentucky 71-70 on Sunday to win another SEC tournament championship.

Simmons, who struggled with her shooting from the field throughout the tournament, made the two free throws to snap a 63-63 tie. The free throws gave the Lady Vols (27-5) only their second lead of the second half, and they didn't trail again as Simmons added a layup and two more free throws in the final 22 seconds.

Isabelle Harrison had 16 points as Tennessee claimed its record 17th Southeastern Conference tournament title, including four in the last five years.

Kentucky (24-8) played in its fourth final in the last five years but still hasn't won the tournament since 1982. DeNesha Stallworth led the Wildcats with 21 points.

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