Davis carries No. 14 Lady Vols into SEC semifinals
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Rennia Davis had a career-high-tying 33 points and 14 rebounds and No. 14 and third-seeded Tennessee advanced to the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals for the first time in five years with a 77-72 win over 11th-seeded Mississippi on Friday night.
The Lady Volunteers (16-6) will face No. 7 and second-seeded South Carolina on Saturday.
Rae Burrell had nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter when Tennessee outscored the Rebels 28-15.
The Lady Vols had their largest lead at 73-64 with 2:51 left. Ole Miss (11-11) scored the next six points and kept it close until Davis sealed the win on a pair of free throws with four seconds left.
Jordan Horston added 12 points for Tennessee, including a buzzer beater from beyond half court at the end of the first quarter. Davis also beat the buzzer, sinking a pull-up 3 at the end of the half. The Lady Vols trailed 41-37.
Ole Miss built its lead to 57-49 at the end of the third quarter but Tennessee erased the deficit with an 8-0 run to start the fourth.
Donnetta Johnson had 20 points, Shakira Austin added 14 and Jacorriah Bracey a season-high 13 for the Rebels.
Ole Miss, which has not made the SEC tournament semifinals since 1993, used its defensive pressure to make it difficult for Tennessee to find its rhythm. But the Lady Vols outrebounded the Rebels 45-25 and made 7 of 10 from 3-point range.