BATON ROUGE, La. – Adrienne Webb scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half and LSU snapped No. 6 Kentucky's 10-game winning streak with a 61-51 upset on Sunday.
LaSondra Barrett scored all of her 12 points in the final 20 minutes for the Lady Tigers (15-8, 5-5 Southeastern Conference), who came in having lost five of six games but rarely trailed as the Wildcats managed to shoot only 35 percent (21 of 60).
A'dia Mathies scored all of her 12 points in the second half as she tried to keep Kentucky (21-3, 10-1) unbeaten in league play. Keyla Snowden added 11 points for the Wildcats, who came in having won 13 straight SEC games dating to last season.
Kentucky took its first and only lead when Kastine Evans' 3 made it 25-24 early in the second half. LSU grabbed the lead right back for good on Webb's 3. Webb gave LSU a six-point lead when she took a bounce-pass from Barrett on a baseline cut and hit a layup as she was fouled.
Barrett's jump hook in the lane increased the Lady Tigers' lead to 44-36 few possessions later.
The Wildcats got as close as 48-45 on the second of three 3-pointers by Sowden with 3:52 to go, but Taylor Turnbow answered with a layup that ignited an 8-0 run which she completed with two free throws.
Mathies' layup interrupted LSU's late run, but only briefly as Webb responded with a layup to make it 58-47 with 1:10 to go, and Kentucky did not threaten again.
LSU shot nearly 57 percent (17 of 30), hit 25 of 31 free throws and outrebounded Kentucky 33-26. That was enough for the Lady Tigers to overcome 26 turnovers. Webb was 6 of 9 shooting and made all six of her free throws. Guard Jeanne Kenney made two of three shots and four of five free throws, finishing with nine points and six rebounds.
LSU blocked seven shots, with Shanece McKinney swatting three, and forced 16 turnovers.
The Wildcats entered the game as a confident road team, having won their first four SEC games outside of Lexington. However, they struggled early at LSU, hitting only three of their first 16 shots while turning the ball over six times.
LSU hit its first three shots, all inside, for a quick 6-0 lead and led 10-2 on Kenney's baseline jumper.
Snowden's 3 ignited a 7-0 run that pulled Kentucky to 12-11, and the Wildcats finally pulled even at 16 when Samantha Drake hit a spinning short-range floater off the glass as she was fouled for a three-point play.
Kentucky shot under 28 percent (8 of 29) for the first half. Kenney's four free throws allowed the Lady Tigers to take a 20-18 halftime lead.