No. 4 Tennessee 77, Kentucky 48
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Kara Lawson scored 22 points, tying a school record with six 3-pointers, to lead No. 4 Tennessee to a 77-48 victory over Kentucky on Sunday.
Lawson, who tied Abby Conklin’s team record against Texas Tech in 1996, scored 19 points in the first half as Tennessee (16-3, 5-1) rolled to a 47-27 halftime lead.
Kentucky (11-9, 3-5), led by LaTonya McDole with 12 points, never got on track offensively and shot just 33 percent from the field.
Kentucky’s hopes of a second-half comeback were thwarted quickly, as Tennessee outscored the Wildcats 14-4 in the first seven minutes. Lawson and Tamika Catchings, who had 15 points and 15 rebounds, each hit 3-pointers in the spurt.
Tennessee maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way and led by as many 30 points in the second half.
Lawson was virtually unstoppable in the first 10 minutes of the game, scoring 16 of Tennessee’s first 23 points. She connected on five 3-pointers.