SEC Tournament: Tennessee erases 17-point deficit to stun No. 4 LSU

GREENVILLE, S.C. - MARCH 04: Ricky Jackson #2 and Jordan Horston #25 of the Tennessee Lady Vols celebrate victory over the LSU Lady Tigers during the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament Semifinals at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on March 04/04/2023 in Greenville, South Carolina.  (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
Tennessee took their best win of the season in the best possible time. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

No. 4, LSU entered Saturday, losing only to No. 1 South Carolina, a status that looked set to continue when it edged out Tennessee 40–26 in the semi-finals of the SEC tournament.

The 28-1 Tigers, who finished second in the tournament, had a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter and were one win away from a rematch with the Gamecocks. And then Tennessee won because it’s March and that happens sometimes.

The Volunteers broke the streak 16-3 early in the third to get into the kill zone and then won 69-67 to advance to the final.

The 17-point comeback was the second-highest comeback in SEC tournament history. according to ESPN statistics and information.

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey was unhappy towards the end after Tigers star Angel Reese was penalized for a last-minute offensive foul.

Tennessee star Rikeya Jackson led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting with 10 rebounds and two blocks, while Reese had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

The Volunteers’ reward will be undefeated South Carolina on Sunday at 3:00 pm for the conference title. The Gamecocks defeated Tennessee 73-60 last month in their only regular season meeting.


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