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O'Neill sparks rally as No. 18 Kentucky beats No. 8 Lady Vols 75-71 for rare win in Knoxville

  • Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison, front right, falls to the floor as she is pushed by Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison, front right, falls to the floor as she is pushed by Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth (11) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kentucky guard Bria Goss (13) works the ball as she is defended by Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Kentucky guard Bria Goss (13) works the ball as she is defended by Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison (20) shoots over Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth (11) as forward/center Azia Bishop (50) and guard Bria Goss (13) look on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Tennessee center Isabelle Harrison (20) shoots over Kentucky forward DeNesha Stallworth (11) as forward/center Azia Bishop (50) and guard Bria Goss (13) look on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

Jennifer O'Neill scored 24 points and sparked a comeback as No. 18 Kentucky rallied for a 75-71 victory over No. 8 Tennessee on Sunday, earning the Wildcats' first win in Knoxville since 1985.

O'Neill had all of Kentucky's points during a 6-0 run that gave the Wildcats a 72-69 lead in the closing minutes.

Kentucky (19-6, 7-5 SEC) had lost to Tennessee (20-5, 9-3) in its last 16 trips to Knoxville since a 76-72 overtime victory on Jan. 23, 1985, at Stokely Athletics Center. Kentucky had never beaten Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena, the Lady Vols' home since 1987-88.

Kentucky led 73-71 with 13.4 seconds remaining when Janee Thompson missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Tennessee one last chance. After the Lady Vols called timeout with 5.4 seconds left, Isabelle Harrison committed Tennessee's 22nd turnover. Kastine Evans made the steal and sank two game-clinching free throws.