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Rhoads' career high 25 give Vandy edge over Kentucky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jence Rhoads scored 18 of her career-high 25 points in the second half to help Vanderbilt beat Kentucky (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) 68-55 on Sunday.

Meredith Marsh added 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for the Commodores (18-7, 7-5 Southeastern Conference). Lauren Lueders had 10 points, making three 3-pointers.

The Wildcats (21-4, 9-3), led by Victoria Dunlap's 19 points, saw their eight-game conference win streak end but remained in second place. A'dia Mathies contributed 13 points for Kentucky.

Rhoads, who missed two games after suffering a broken hand in the loss at Kentucky last month, put the Commodores up 51-42 on layup after an outlet pass from Lueders. Vanderbilt outscored the Wildcats 16-7 when Kentucky went nearly 7 minutes without a field goal.

The Wildcats, who ended a 13-game losing streak to Vanderbilt on Jan. 10, still haven't defeated the Commodores in Nashville in 24 years. Dunlap scored 10 points in the first half, giving the Wildcats their largest lead with her basket at 24-18, and Kentucky led by a point at halftime.

Elan Brown scored Vanderbilt's first five points and the Commodores went up 10-4 on Rhoads' 3-pointer.