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Simmons hits go-ahead free throws as No. 6 Tennessee tops No. 12 Kentucky, 71-70, in SEC final

  • Tennessee's Andraya Carter, left, and Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth battle for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Tennessee's Andraya Carter, left, and Kentucky's DeNesha Stallworth battle for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee's Cierra Burdick (11) gets a hand on a shot by Kentucky's Janee Thompson (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Tennessee's Cierra Burdick (11) gets a hand on a shot by Kentucky's Janee Thompson (3) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky forward/center Jelleah Sidney (12) rebounds in front of Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison, top, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

    Kentucky forward/center Jelleah Sidney (12) rebounds in front of Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison, top, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)  (The Associated Press)

Meighan Simmons scored 17 points, including two go-ahead free throws with 1:45 remaining, and No. 6 Tennessee edged 12th-ranked Kentucky 71-70 on Sunday to win another SEC tournament championship.

Simmons, who struggled with her shooting from the field throughout the tournament, made the two free throws to snap a 63-63 tie. The free throws gave the Lady Vols (27-5) only their second lead of the second half, and they didn't trail again as Simmons added a layup and two more free throws in the final 22 seconds.

Isabelle Harrison had 16 points as Tennessee claimed its record 17th Southeastern Conference tournament title, including four in the last five years.

Kentucky (24-8) played in its fourth final in the last five years but still hasn't won the tournament since 1982. DeNesha Stallworth led the Wildcats with 21 points.