Women's College Basketball

 
        === Thompson's late 3-pointer lifts Kentucky over Louisville ===
 
 Louisville,  KY  (Sports Network) -  Janee Thompson scored the Wildcats' final
 six  points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing seconds, as No. 9
 Kentucky  used a  late rally to down seventh-ranked Louisville, 48-47, to take
 the Battle of the Bluegrass.
 
 Thompson  finished with 13 points, while DeNesha Stallworth dropped in a game-
 high 14 for Kentucky (6-1), which has won five straight.
 
 Shoni  Schimmel netted  13 points to pace the Cardinals (8-1), who were handed
 their first loss of the season.
 
 Sara Hammond added 12 points in defeat.
 
 Both  teams struggled  to find an offensive rhythm over the opening portion of
 the  first half as Kentucky held an 8-2 lead eight minutes into the frame, but
 then  Louisville reeled  off a 14-4 run to  go on top, 16-12, on a Schimmel 3-
 pointer.
 
 The  Wildcats battled back  to knot the game at 16-16 with 3 1/2 minutes left,
 but  Louisville closed out the half with a 7-2 push to carry a 23-18 lead into
 the break.
 
 The Cardinals carried that momentum into the second half by opening the stanza
 with six straight points to build a double-digit lead.
 
 Kentucky was held at arm's length over the majority of the second half until a
 late 8-0 push brought them within 41-38 with 5 1/2 minutes to play.
 
 The  Wildcats  kept the  game close  from there and  after Thompson dropped in
 three  foul shots to  close the gap to 46-45 with about a minute to play, Bria
 Smith went 1-for-2 at the line on the other end to make it a two-point game.
 
 Thompson  then sank the decisive 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining
 and  Smith's shot  following a timeout was  blocked by Azia Bishop to seal the
 win for the Wildcats.
 
 
 12/02 21:08:29 ET

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