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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Rennia Davis had a career-high-tying 33 points and 14 rebounds and No. 14 and third-seeded Tennessee advanced to the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals for the first time in five years with a 77-72 win over 11th-seeded Mississippi on Friday night.

The Lady Volunteers (16-6) will face No.

7 and second-seeded South Carolina on Saturday.

Rae Burrell had nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter when Tennessee outscored the Rebels 28-15.

The Lady Vols had their largest lead at 73-64 with 2:51 left. Ole Miss (11-11) scored the next six points and kept it close until Davis sealed the win on a pair of free throws with four seconds left.

Jordan Horston added 12 points for Tennessee, including a buzzer beater from beyond half court at the end of the first quarter. Davis also beat the buzzer, sinking a pull-up 3 at the end of the half. The Lady Vols trailed 41-37.

Ole Miss built its lead to 57-49 at the end of the third quarter but Tennessee erased the deficit with an 8-0 run to start the fourth.

Donnetta Johnson had 20 points, Shakira Austin added 14 and Jacorriah Bracey a season-high 13 for the Rebels.

Ole Miss, which has not made the SEC tournament semifinals since 1993, used its defensive pressure to make it difficult for Tennessee to find its rhythm. But the Lady Vols outrebounded the Rebels 45-25 and made 7 of 10 from 3-point range.

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Tennessee transgender bathroom bill expected to head to governors desk

A bill is headed to the desk of Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) that would allow students and teachers to sue public school systems if they encounter people of the opposite biological sex in a restroom, including transgender people.

The Tennessean reported that two similar bills passed the state Senate on Wednesday and the House on Monday; if signed into the law, the legislation would allow litigation if someone comes into contact with anyone who was not born the same gender as they are in a restroom, changing room, shower or other facilities.

The proposals were supported by Republicans in both chambers and passed by wide margins. It wasn't initially clear if Lee plans to sign one of the bills into law.

The Hill has reached out to the governor's office for comment.

Lee moved as recently as last month to sign a bill into law requiring students to provide proof of their sex at birth in order to register to play high school or middle school sports at state schools.

"I signed the bill to preserve women's athletics and ensure fair competition," the governor said at the time. "This legislation responds to damaging federal policies that stand in opposition to the years of progress made under Title IX and I commend members of the General Assembly for their bipartisan work."

I signed the bill to preserve women's athletics and ensure fair competition. This legislation responds to damaging federal policies that stand in opposition to the years of progress made under Title IX and I commend members of the General Assembly for their bipartisan work.

— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) March 26, 2021

Republicans in states across the country have advanced legislation targeting transgender Americans, particularly students, in the past several months over criticism from Democrats and LGBTQ+ advocates that the legislation is discriminatory.

President BidenJoe BidenBiden overruled Blinken, top officials on initial refugee cap decision: report Suicide bombing hits Afghan security forces Jim Jordan, Val Demings get in shouting match about police during hearing MORE, meanwhile, moved in January to end the ban on transgender military service members implemented during the Trump administration.

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