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#3 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs: Gamecocks win 61-51, clinch third straight SEC title

South Carolina holds off the Dawgs to earn the SEC's top seed with three games to go.

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The South Carolina women's basketball team are regular season SEC champions for the third straight year.

The Gamecocks improved to 13-0 in the SEC and 25-1 overall with a 61-51 win over the Georgia Bulldogs. With the victory, the Gamecocks clinch the top seed in the SEC Tournament for the third time in as many years - meaning that they receive a bye all the way to the quarterfinals in a few weeks needing just three wins to make it back-to-back conference tourney crowns.

For the Gamecocks, it was yet another spread out offensive attack with three players in double figures for scoring. Leading the way was Tiffany Mitchell with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists. Fellow guard Khadijah Sessions scored 13 points for the Gamecocks. Next up was forward A'ja Wilson who hovered near double-double territory but finished just one rebound short as she had 16 points with nine boards.

On Georgia's side, guard Tiaria Griffin was the driving force, recording a game-high 22 points along with eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. Majorie Butler was the only other player in double digits, with 12 points on the night. Coming off the bench, forward Caliya Robinson offered a well-rounded performance with six points, four rebounds, and three assists.

Tonight's contest could be a preview of the SEC quarterfinals. The Gamecocks, as the top seed, will take on either the eighth or ninth seed in Jacksonville two weeks from tomorrow. Georgia is in a deadlock at the middle of the standings as three other teams possess 7-6 league marks. However, the Bulldogs currently hold the eighth spot over Tennessee due to tiebreak.

Georgia will host #22 Florida this Sunday afternoon, while South Carolina has to travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Monday night.