LEXINGTON, Ky. — Janee Thompson had 16 points and 10 assists, and No. 18 Kentucky used a strong first quarter to defeat the LSU women’s basketball team 70-58 on Sunday.
Maci Morris added 14 points and Alexis Jennings 11 for the Wildcats (16-6, 5-6 Southeastern Conference), who shot 54 percent (27 of 50).
Rina Hill scored a career-high 17 points, and Alexis Hyder had 16 and matched her career high with 15 rebounds for the Tigers (8-16, 2-9), who have lost four straight. It was Hyder’s seventh double-double of the season.
Kentucky scored nine straight points during a 12-2 run in which Alyssa Rice scored all six of her points for a 26-10 first-quarter lead. The Wildcats put together an 18-3 run starting late in the first half as the lead reached 25 in the third quarter.
Jennings made 1 of 2 free throws with 3:37 left in the third quarter, her first miss of the calendar year to end a streak of 29 straight, the second-longest in school history.
LSU’s 58 points were its most in a conference game since beating Ole Miss 76-57 in its season opener.
“Offensively, we have to get back to the basics of scoring in the paint again,” coach Nikki Fargas said in an LSU news release. “The kids are playing hard and they are giving me everything they have. They don’t quit and they play until the very end of the buzzer. We wish we could play that style of ball the entire game, but when you are playing six players, it is hard to bring that pressure, so we just sporadically put it in there. We have to figure out how to condition ourselves to be able to run that sort of pressure defense longer.”