BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Meighan Simmons highlighted a 31-point performance with a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute, and No. 10 Tennessee held off LSU, 72-67, on Thursday night after the Lady Tigers had erased a 21-point halftime hole.
Simmons hit five 3s in all and also made a couple free throws to help seal the victory for the Lady Vols (23-5, 12-2 Southeastern Conference), who won for the ninth time in 10 games.
The Lady Vols will play as the No. 2 seed in the SEC tournament. Tennessee will play at 7 p.m., on Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m., at The Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
South Carolina is the regular season champion and No. 1 seed after beating Georgia on Thursday.
Cierra Burdick added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Isabelle Harrison 11 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, which had to rescue the victory after allowing LSU to tie the score with 3:28 to go.
Jeanne Kenney scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half, including two 3s and the tying free throws during LSU's late 10-0 run. Theresa Plaisance added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who've lost five straight.