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Kentucky 68, No. 16 Auburn 67

December 14, 1997

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Reserve redshirt freshman Stephanie Christman sparked a late rally that led Kentucky to a 68-67 victory over No. 16 Auburn on Sunday.

It was the second victory in a week over a ranked team for the Wildcats (5-4, 1-0 Southeastern Conference). Kentucky beat No. 14 Western Kentucky 66-64 in overtime Monday night.

Auburn (5-1, 0-1) used a 13-0 run to take a 55-47 lead with 9:23 to play. Center Kris Bernath was 5-of-6 from the field in the spurt that gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game.

The Wildcats, with Christman taking over inside, cut Auburn’s lead to 64-63 with just over three minutes to go.

Christman, who finished with eight points, tied the game with a layup on a thread-the-needle pass from Tiffany Wait with 2:41 left. She then set up a 3-pointer by Wait that put Kentucky up for good, 68-65 with 2:07 to play.

Conswella Sparrow’s layup with 54 seconds left brought Auburn within one, but also ended the game’s scoring.

Bernath led Auburn with 15 points, while Sparrow and Shana Askew each had 13 and Justine Agbatan added 11.

Wait finished with 15 points and Jaye Banes had 11 for the Wildcats. Senior center Kim Denkins, who was elbowed in the lower back, played just three minutes in the second half because of muscle spasms.

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