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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Jeanne Kenney hit all five 3-pointer she attempted on her way to a career-high 22 points, and LSU upset No. 8 Kentucky 77-72 on Sunday. Kenney, who missed her grandfather’s funeral late this past week because of a snow storm that kept LSU in Missouri a day longer than expected, was unsure if she would play against the Wildcats because of a sore left foot. She did not start, but saved the Lady Tigers (17-10, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) in a reserve role, finishing 7 of 8 from the field and 3 of 4 from the foul line.
A’dia Mathies scored 20 and Jennifer O’Neill 15 for Kentucky (23-4, 11-3) which saw its four game winning streak snapped.
Center Theresa Plaisance recorded her fifth double-double this season with 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Bianca Lutley added 15 points for LSU, which shot 51.9 percent (27 of 52) and went 7 of 11 from 3-point range as a team.
Kentucky shot 45.3 percent (29 of 64), but was only 6 of 22 from deep. LSU also outrebounded a Kentucky team renowned for its defensive play, 35-31.
LSU never trailed in the second half and led by as much as nine in the final 20 minutes when Plaisance’s layup made it 49-40. The Wildcats kept pushing back, with Mathies’ 3 cutting the Lady Tigers lead to 62-60. Mathies later pulled Kentucky into a tie with her reverse layup with 4:03 left, but LSU did not wilt, thanks to Kenney, who drilled a 3 and a jumper in succession to make it 69-64 with 2:13 left. Kentucky never got closer than three points after that.