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DeNesha Stallworth scored 15 second-half points and Jennifer O'Neill hit a critical jumper with 40.8 seconds left, rallying the seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats from a 14-point deficit to beat the fourth-ranked Louisville Cardinals 69-64 on Dec. 1

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After missing her first six shots with one free throw in the first half, Stallworth made six of her last nine and grabbed six of her eight rebounds in the final 20 minutes. O'Neill's jumper provided a 67-62 lead to bring a roar through sold-out Memorial Coliseum and help her finish with 12 points after a scoreless first half.

It also sealed the Wildcats' second consecutive comeback over Louisville, which seemed improbable at the break.

Kentucky (8-0) also erased a big lead last year in a 48-47 win in Louisville. This time, the Wildcats were down 36-27 at halftime but went up 51-45 with 9:42 left behind Stallworth, O'Neill and Bernisha Pinkett, who sank two 3-pointers in the 24-9 run.

Louisville (7-1) bounced back to tie the game three times and trailed 64-62 with 2:14 to go. Stallworth made a free throw, then O'Neill's jumper from the top of the key sealed the Wildcats' third straight win over the Cardinals in the 50th meeting between the schools.

Janee Thompson added 13 points while O’Neil chipped in with 12 for the Wildcats, who knocked down 8-of-17 triples.

Shoni Schimmel led the Cardinals with a game-high 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Sara Hammond added 12 points and seven rebounds,but fouled out with 1:55 to go.

Kentucky leads the all-time series 32-18.

Game notes: Kentucky forced Louisville into 10-of-their- 24 turnovers in the second half while also holding the Cardinals to 28 percent shooting from the field. The Wildcats’ bench outscored the Cardinals 28-11. Stallworth collected her first SEC Player of the Week honor this season and second of her career on Dec. 2. She averaged 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in victories over Louisville and Bradley.

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