Duluth, GA – Meighan Simmons scored 20 points to lead six Tennessee players in double figures, as the ninth-ranked Lady Vols claimed an 82-73 victory over Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.
Cierra Burdick chipped in 14 points with a game-high eight rebounds, while Taber Spani contributed 13 points and seven boards for Tennessee (24-6), which will face No. 19 Texas A&M in Saturday's semifinals.
The top-seeded Lady Vols have won the last three SEC tourney titles. They took control early on Friday, answering Florida's game-opening bucket with 12 straight points.
Florida (18-14), which beat Arkansas in the first round on Thursday, got as close as three in the first half, but went into the break trailing 47-36. The Gators never seriously threatened in the second half, pulling only as close as six in the final seconds.
Sydney Moss scored 22 points for Florida and Jaterra Bonds added 18.