South Carolina cruises past Arkansas into SEC semifinals _lowres

Georgia's Halle Washington (23) collides with Tennessee's Bashaara Graves (12) in the first half of a Southeastern Conference tournament NCAA college quarterfinal basketball game in North Little Rock, Ark., Friday, March 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tiffany Mitchell had 12 points and No. 3 South Carolina advanced to the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals with a 58-36 win over Arkansas on Friday.

It’s the third semifinal appearance in the last four seasons for the top-seeded Gamecocks (28-2), who are seeking their first tournament title after back-to-back regular-season conference titles.

They’ll face LSU at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Alaina Coates added 11 points for South Carolina, which outscored Arkansas 27-3 in bench points and had a school-record 15 blocks — including four each by A’ja Wilson and Elem Ibiam.

Jessica Jackson had 13 points to lead Arkansas (17-13), which defeated Ole Miss on Thursday.

TENNESSEE 75, GEORGIA 41: Bashaara Graves had 13 points and 11 rebounds to help Tennessee reach the SEC tournament semifinals for a 22nd straight season.

The No. 5 Lady Vols (26-4) have won the conference tournament 17 times in 35 seasons. They will face Kentucky, a 76-67 winner over Mississippi State, on Saturday.

Tennessee, which won the tournament last season when it was also the No. 2 seed, outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs (19-12) 47-22 and held them to 26.3 percent (15 of 57) shooting. Nia Moore led Tennessee with 14 points, while Jaime Nared and Ariel Massengale finished with 10 each.

Erika Ford and Krista Donald had 13 points each to lead Georgia.

NO. 12 KENTUCKY 76, NO. 11 MISSISSIPPI STATE 67: Makayla Epps had 31 points as Kentucky rallied from 15 points down in the second half to reach the semifinals.

Epps was 12 of 21 from the field as the No. 12 Wildcats (22-8) used a 24-4 run to come back after being down 54-39 in the second half.

Sixth-seeded Kentucky, which will face Tennessee on Saturday, has reached the tournament semifinals in six straight seasons.

Victoria Vivians led third-seeded Mississippi State (26-6) with 19 points, while Martha Alwal added 17 and Breanna Richardson 12.