Dre’Una Edwards scored seven straight points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with five seconds remaining to rally 7th seeded Kentucky past #1–South Carolina 64-62 in the SEC women’s basketball championship game on Sunday. Edwards finished with a game-high twenty-seven points to neutralize USC’s Aliyah Boston recording her 24th consecutive double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The championship, Kentucky’s first SEC women’s title since 1982, prevented the Gamecocks from grabbing their seventh victory in the last eight SEC tournaments.
USC (29-2) was in perfect position to claim both the regular season and tournament title heading into the final ten minutes of the game in Nashville, but the fourth quarter belonged to the Wildcats. Trailing 55-43 heading into the final ten minutes, Kentucky (19-11) executed flawlessly on offense and played much better defensively to outscore the Gamecocks 21-7 in the final frame. With UK head men’s basketball coach John Calipari cheering them on, the Wildcats held USC to just 2-of-14 shooting from the floor in the 4th quarter. Meantime, UK knocked down 60% of its shots, including 3-of-4 makes from three-point range. They closed the game on a 14-2 run to complete the improbable comeback.
Carolina also hurt itself from the free throw line going 12-of-20 for the game, including two key misses by Zia Cooke with :16 remaining to open the door for Edwards’ game winning basket.
The two teams will learn their NCAA tournament fate when the selections are handed out on Sunday, March 13th.