SEC women's tournament: Georgia wins, Lady Vols lose in semifinals

AP photo by Sean Rayford / Georgia's Mikayla Coombs shoots as South Carolina's Eniya Russell, right, and Victaria Saxton trail her on Jan. 21 in Columbia, S.C., where the host Gamecocks won 62-50. The teams meet again Sunday in the SEC tournament title game in Greenville, S.C.

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Georgia coach Joni Taylor wasn't sure what to think as Mikayla Coombs was down beneath the basket in pain with athletic trainers focused on her lower right leg.

"It scared me to death," said Taylor, who then watched as Coombs was helped off the floor in the second quarter without putting any weight on the injury.

Yet the Connecticut transfer returned for the second half, scoring 12 of her season-high 14 points and leading the 16th-ranked and fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs into the SEC tournament semifinals for the first time in 17 years with an upset of top-seeded and No. 2 Texas A&M 74-68 on Saturday.

Maya Caldwell had 19 points and Jenna Staiti had 13 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks as the Lady Dogs (20-5) denied the Aggies (23-2) a chance to sweep the league titles.