TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Victoria Dunlap had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 17 Kentucky to an 82-69 win over Alabama on Sunday.
With the game tied at 56 midway through the second half, Kentucky went on a 17-5 run to take control of the game. Alabama could only get within eight the rest of the way.
"About midway through the second half, we just tried to change our energy and start hustling a little more," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "I thought Alabama was outhustling us up to that point, and I thought the players changed their energy and worked hard and our defense made some plays coming down the stretch. We were able to pull out a much needed victory."
Alabama Coach Wendell Hudson lamented that his team was outrebounded by 10.
"We've talked to this team over and over about rebounding the ball," Hudson said. We were going up for rebounds with one hand instead of grabbing the ball, and so many times tonight we threw the ball out of bounds because we didn't get control of it in the air. Those are the little things that we have spent so much time talking about.
"All of those things like that add up, especially when you are playing in the SEC against one of the better teams in the country. We were right there with them tonight."
Keyla Snowden added 13 points and A'dia Mathies had 12 for the Wildcats (17-4, 7-2 Southeastern Conference).
Tierney Jenkins had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Alabama (11-11, 0-9).
Jenkins said she and Dunlap were rivals in high school.
"We are from the same area," Jenkins said "We've always played together, so we kind of know each other and how we play. It's a bittersweet rivalry because we are friends, but you want to come out on the top end, of course."
The Crimson Tide played their final game in Coleman Coliseum, where they had played since 1975. The Crimson Tide's next home game on Feb. 13 against Florida, will be played in Foster Auditorium.
The Cats' victory, coupled with Georgia's loss to LSU, put them in a three-way tie for second in the SEC standings at 6-2 with Auburn and the Bulldogs. Tennessee is still undefeated in SEC play.
No. 5 Tennessee 72, Arkansas 53: Arkansas native Shekinna Stricklen matched her career-high of 26 points to lift Tennessee to a win at Arkansas, the Lady Vols' 12th straight after an overtime loss at Baylor on Dec. 14.
Tennessee led 39-27 at halftime, sparked by an 8-0 run to close out the period. Stricklen capped the first-half scoring with her fourth three-pointer, during which the Lady Vols were 7-for-14 from behind the arc. They finished 9-for-18 on threes, with Stricklen connecting on six.
Ceira Ricketts, a Fairdale graduate, had 12 points and four assists for Arkansas.
LSU 47, No. 20 Georgia 41: Katherine Graham had 14 points and Adrienne Webb added 11 and LSU held off Georgia in Baton Rouge, La.
Jasmine Hassell led Georgia with 16 points.