Updated at: 03/09/2013 7:09 PM
By CHARLES ODUM
(AP) DULUTH, Ga. - Jennifer O’Neill sank 3-pointers on each end of a 15-0 run early in the second half that gave Kentucky the lead, and the Wildcats rolled past Georgia 60-38 on Saturday night to earn a spot in the SEC tournament championship game.
DeNesh Stallworth had 18 points for No. 7 Kentucky (27-4), which will face No. 19 Texas A&M in Sunday night’s final. The Wildcats, who lost to Tennessee in the 2010 and 2011 championship games, will play for their first championship since 1982.
Jasmine Hassell led No. 12 Georgia (25-6) with 17 points. Georgia, which made only 22.2 percent of its shots (14 of 63), led 24-19 at halftime and stretched the lead to seven points before Kentucky took control with its 15-0 run.
The Wildcats closed with a 13-0 run as Georgia didn’t score in the final 6 minutes.
A’dia Mathies had 11 points as Kentucky’s second scorer in double figures. O’Neill had nine points.
The Lady Bulldogs struggled against Kentucky’s defense, which led the SEC in steals and blocked shots. Anne Marie Armstrong made only one of 13 shots, Tiaria Griffin was 1 of 10 and Jasmine James was 4 of 14 for nine points.
Each team had shooting problems in the first half. Georgia shot only 8 of 34 shots (23.5 percent) from the field. Kentucky was 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) as it had difficulty passing to Stallworth and Samarie Walker inside.
Hassell, who had 13 points in the first half, had the first points of the second half to stretch the Lady Bulldogs’ lead to seven points. Georgia didn’t score again for almost 6 minutes.
O’Neill had 3-pointers on each end of the 15-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 34-26 lead. Jasmine James’ shot off the glass for Georgia ended the long run.
Georgia coach Andy Landers called two timeouts during the run, but the Wildcats continued to add to their lead. Back-to-back baskets by Stallworth pushed the advantage to double figures for the first time at 41-29.
A layup by Stallworth pushed the lead to 20 points at 58-38.
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