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Freshman guard Janee Thompson leads Kentucky comeback win over Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Janee Thompson scored all 13 of her points in the second half, including a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left, to lift No. 9 Kentucky to a 48-47 comeback victory over No. 6 Louisville Sunday night.

The freshman guard finished with 13 points and scored the final six for the Wildcats (6-1), who trailed by 14 points in the second half before rallying down the stretch behind tough defense that held Louisville without a field goal for the final 4:54.

After Thompson’s 3-pointer, Louisville (8-1) had one final chance, but Bria Smith’s lay-up was blocked by Azia Bishop just before the buzzer.

Shoni Schimmel finished with 13 points to lead the Cardinals, who led 35-21 with 15:08 left before wilting in the final minutes from Kentucky’s defensive pressure. The Cardinals committed 25 turnovers.

DeNesha Stallworth scored 14 points for Kentucky, which claimed Bluegrass State bragging rights for the second straight year over the Cardinals.

Thompson did not play in the first half but was inserted in the second half to give the Wildcats an offensive boost. Before her game-winning shot she was fouled outside the arc and made all three free throws to bring Kentucky within 47-45 with 59.5 seconds remaining.

The close victory helped Kentucky win its fifth in a row and earn its first win against a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats lost 85-51 at No. 1 Baylor in its second game. It was also the closest margin in six games between the intrastate rivals. The average margin of victory before Sunday was 22 points.

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    THAT was a good game. Thompson has ice-water in her veins. Or, she forgot she was “just” a Freshman. ha.

    1. larryvaught

      Was a great finish. really intense game

  2. Jim Boyers

    I was flipping back and forth between the Bengals’ game and this one. Luckily the Bengals game ended in time for me to watch the entire last 10 minutes, because this game really picked my spirits up after the last 4 days of dealing with the losses on the men’s side.

    What a tremendous win, in a hostile environment. When they got down by 14 they just fought even harder. And what great memories that final block stirred up. It was almost exactly the same as Davis’s block last season. I hope our boys were watching this.

    Way to go ladies. You made BBN extremely proud.

  3. donv

    Thompson certainly earned more playing time after this performance.

  4. Karen Sprinkle

    Great play by the freshman, but the block by A’Zia Bishop of the potential game-winning shot can’t be overlooked as well. The horrible shooting by the Kentucky Hoops team early on made me think that someone had spiked the water at the Craft Center (after the abysmal shooting by the men’s team on Saturday). This team’s defense is pretty inspiring to watch. I can see why they are highly ranked and deservedly so.

    1. larryvaught

      Great point on that block Karen. It was huge

  5. Joe D.

    Was impressed with how the team continued to fight back and rally in one of the most hostile environments, especially when A’dia Mathis was forced to leave the game for several minutes late in the second half. Courage, Focus, Persistence, Mental Toughness, Unselfishness along with Effort of the UK Gals to be lauded and applauded.

  6. Tom Hatton

    Great game for the Ladycats! And how about those 3 free throws after being fouled on the shot. Did Patrick Sparks come to mind against the Cards? Young lady we are proud of you and the team. Guys , that is what hitting free throws can do. Just saying.

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