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Jennifer O'Neill scores 21 points to lead No. 10 Kentucky to 80-72 win over No. 21 Georgia

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky — Jennifer O'Neill scored 21 points to lead No. 10 Kentucky to an 80-72 win over No. 21 Georgia on Sunday.

O'Neill, a senior, scored eight of Kentucky's final 10 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining to give the Wildcats a 73-72 lead. Kentucky (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) overcome a furious rally by the Bulldogs from a 17-point deficit.

Kentucky, coming off a 73-72 loss to sixth-ranked Tennessee, got 16 points from Makayla Epps.

Georgia (17-5, 5-4) was without leading scorer Shacobia Barbee (11.6 points per game), who broke her leg in a 59-51 loss to Tennessee last Sunday in Knoxville.

Tiaria Griffin led the Bulldogs with 23 points.

O'Neill shot 6 of 8 and made three 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit, and a 3-pointer by Griffin gave Georgia its first lead at 59-58 with 8:50 remaining.

There were four ties and six lead chances in the second half before O'Neill's 3 put the Wildcats in front for good.

Kentucky scored 13 straight points in the first half with Epps on the bench because of foul trouble. The Wildcats led 30-13 with 6:30 left in the half.

TIP-INS

Kentucky: The Wildcats improved to 3-3 against ranked teams this season. . Five of the last seven meetings between the two teams have been decided by five points or less.

Georgia: This was the first of three straight games against top-10 foes for the Bulldogs. Georgia lost to No. 6 Tennessee 59-51 last Sunday in Knoxville. . Georgia coach Andy Landers was whistled for a technical foul at the 16:54 mark of the first half.

UP NEXT

Kentucky is at Vanderbilt on Sunday.

Georgia hosts No. 1 South Carolina on Thursday.

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PHOTO: Kentucky's Jennifer O'Neill (0) shoots a 3-pointer during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 80-72. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Kentucky's Jennifer O'Neill (0) shoots a 3-pointer during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 80-72. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

 

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