No. 1 Gamecocks take SEC title, beat No. 9 Bulldogs 76-62

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South Carolina's Brea Beal (12) drives while defended by Mississippi State's Myah Taylor (1) during a championship match at the Southeastern conference women's NCAA college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Mikiah Herbert Harrigan had 15 points, Brea Beal added 12 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 South Carolina rolled to its fifth SEC tournament title in six years, blowing out defending champion and ninth-ranked Mississippi State 76-62 on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (32-1) won their 26th straight and should be the No. 1 overall seed — along with the favorite — in the NCAA Tournament.

They proved their superiority once more by running away — the Gamecocks led by 27 in the second half — from the usually powerful Bulldogs (27-6), who suffered their biggest defeat since falling to Tennessee 82-64 in February 2017.

The Gamecocks celebrated as blue, white and yellow streamers fell over the court. The loud, pro-South Carolina crowd — the arena is less than two hours' drive south of campus — roared its approval.

Herbert Harrigan, a senior who considered transferring last spring, was named tournament MVP as she continued to lead the Gamecocks on their historic run. She had 44 points in the three games as South Carolina won by an average margin of 24 points.

Herbert Harrigan and Beal also each had three of South Carolina's 11 blocks.

Tyasha Harris had 10 points and 10 assists for South Carolina. Freshman Aliyah Boston had 11 rebounds, her 16th game this season with double-figure boards.

Mississippi State stressed the importance of a fast start in competing with South Carolina. The Bulldogs, instead, were as cold as they've been all season.