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      Mitchell's career night delivers SEC title for USC

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 25 points and No. 4 South Carolina wrapped up its first Southeastern Conference title with a 67-56 victory over Georgia on Thursday night.

      Alaina Coates added 18 points as the Gamecocks (26-2, 14-1 SEC) won their 10th straight and finished 16-0 at home. South Carolina's other 6-foot-4 forward, Elem Ibiam, had a team-high nine rebounds and five of the team's 11 blocks.

      Erika Ford had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs (18-10, 6-9), who'll finish with a losing SEC season for just the fourth time in league history.

      Mitchell scored 16 points in the opening half to help the Gamecocks build a 16-point lead and Georgia could never recover.

      The crowd of 12,458 chanted "S-E-C Champs" as time ran down, celebrating a feat few thought coach Dawn Staley could accomplish pull off when she arrived six years ago.