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Dunlap helps Wildcats beat Lady Tigers for first time since 1999

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Victoria Dunlap had 24 points and nine rebounds, leading Kentucky over LSU (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) 71-62 on Thursday night.

The victory ended the Wildcats' 16-game losing streak against the Lady Tigers. Kentucky's last victory against LSU came in the 1999 SEC tournament.

Trailing by three points with 8 minutes remaining, the Wildcats scored 11 consecutive points. Amani Franklin's field goal started the run. Two free throws by A'dia Mathies gave Kentucky the lead at 58-57.

Dunlap followed with a field goal and two foul shots. Mathies knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 65-57 advantage with 4:15 to go.

Crystal Riley scored a career-high 11 points and Amber Smith had 10 points for Kentucky (17-3, 5-2 SEC).

Allison Hightower was the leading scorer for LSU (14-5, 3-4) with 23 points, but she missed 20 of her 30 field goal attempts.