South Carolina dominates Georgia to advance to SEC Championship game

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This season for South Carolina women's basketball has been full of record-setting performances. Tonight, the team set two more.

Gamecock star A'ja Wilson became the program's all-time leading scorer as she scored her 2,268th point in the first quarter of the SEC semifinal game against Georgia.

"Honestly, I did not (know)," Wilson said. "I mean, I saw tweets about it, but I didn't know how close I was in that case. It's a good accomplishment."

South Carolina closed out a dominant performance against the Bulldogs, winning 71-49 and advancing to the SEC championship game for the fourth consecutive year. With Saturday night's win, the Gamecocks are the first women's basketball team in SEC history to win 11 straight tournament games.

"I know winning 11 straight games is a cute thing," head coach Dawn Staley said. "But I wanna be four-time (champions). No other program has done that and that's not Tennessee, not Georgia, not any of those high-power programs. I wanna be 4-time SEC tournament champions."

Next up for the three-time defending SEC champions: top-seeded and undefeated Mississippi State Bulldogs. This is the third year in a row the team's will meet for the SEC tournament title.

The big question is can the Gamecocks be the ones to finally beat Mississippi State. Their answer: absolutely.

"That's why we play," Staley said. "What we need to do is we need to keep the game close and put them in positions where it's unfamiliar for them this year. For us, I feel we're very capable of doing that."

(1)Mississippi State and (2)South Carolina will tip-off at 4:30 pm ET at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

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