Jan 27, 2013 6:46 PM
Azia Bishop scored 17 points to help No. 5 Kentucky beat LSU 73-60 on Sunday.
Bishop, a sophomore who was averaging 3.2 points and 2.9 rebounds before Sunday's game, made seven of her 10 shots in 20 minutes. She stepped up at several key passages in which LSU threatened the Wildcats' lead. She also had five rebounds.
The Wildcats, whose 17-game win streak was snapped Thursday against No. 18 South Carolina, scored the last nine points of the game over its final two minutes to pull away late. The 13-point margin of victory was also the Wildcats' largest lead of the game.
The Lady Tigers traded the lead with Kentucky (19-2, 7-1 SEC) several times throughout the first half but could never gain a lead of more than one possession. With 26 seconds left in the first half and the game tied at 26, Bishop hit a 3-pointer. Her layup gave the Wildcats a 31-26 halftime lead.
The Lady Tigers (12-8, 3-4) closed Kentucky's lead to 49-45 with 8:40 to play, and Bishop scored her first basket of the second half on the next possession. When LSU got within five points in the second half on two occasions, Bishop answered both times with baskets on the next possession.
Adrienne Webb had 18 points for the Lady Tigers (12-8, 3-4).
With 53 seconds to play and LSU trailing 66-60, Kentucky's Samarie Walker drew a foul on a defensive rebound attempt. After the whistle, Walker jerked away from the scrum of LSU players and was assessed a technical foul. But Webb, an 80-percent free-throw shooter, missed both technical free throws.
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