Bradley Central grad Rhyne Howard leads Kentucky into SEC title game vs. No. 1 South Carolina

AP photo by Mark Humphrey / Kentucky women's basketball coach Kyra Elzy, right, hugs associate head coach Niya Butts after the Wildcats beat Tennessee in an SEC tournament semifinal Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

NASHVILLE - The Kentucky Wildcats are on a revenge tour at the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament.

Now they have a chance to add top-ranked, top-seeded South Carolina to the list.

Senior star Rhyne Howard scored 24 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out seven assists, and Kentucky never trailed Saturday night while beating 18th-ranked, third-seeded Tennessee 83-74 in the SEC semifinals at Bridgestone Arena, a day after upsetting sixth-ranked, second-seeded LSU in the quarterfinals.

The seventh-seeded Wildcats (18-11) reached the tournament title game for the first time since 2014 and the sixth time in program history. They did it by beating the Lady Volunteers (23-8) in the semifinals for the first time in three tries, and now Kentucky will play South Carolina at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sunday with a shot at the championship.

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