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Auburn falls at home; Tide loses sixth straight

The Associated Press

Jennifer Humprey had 16 points and 20 rebounds in Kentucky’s 68-65 victory at Auburn on Sunday.

Down by as many as 13 points in the first half, Auburn (15-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) went on a 17-7 run to take its first lead of the game, but Kentucky (14-6, 3-2) held.

DeWanna Bonner scored 23 points for the Tigers. Whitney Boddie added 19 and Sherell Hobbs had 10.

After Kentucky took a 63-60 lead, Bonner and Hobbs both missed jumpers with less than a minute remaining and Kentucky’s Sarah Elliot came away with the ball, forcing Auburn to foul.

Kentucky’s Alcius Nastassia nailed two free throws to make the Kentucky lead five. Boddie penetrated on Auburn’s ensuing possession and was fouled, but her shot rolled off the rim to prevent the 3-point play. She hit both foul shots to make it 65-62.

Jenny Pfeifer went to the line for Auburn on a one-and-one, but couldn’t grab the rebound when she missed on the front end. Humphrey then converted the put-back to make Kentucky’s lead five.

Bonner scored a long-distance three on Auburn’s next possession with only six seconds remaining in the game, but after Nastassia missed the back of a one-and-one, Hobbs’ attempt from half court bounced off the backboard.

No. 8 LSU 61, Alabama 45: RaShonta LeBlanc converted two steals into breakaway layups to cap a 12-0 run in No. 8 LSU’s victory over Alabama.

LSU led 39-33 with 11:25 left after Alabama’s Navonda Moore scored 12 points in fewer than five minutes. Porsha Phillips made a 15-foot jumper with 11:10 remaining and started LSU on the run that put the game away.

LSU (18-2, 4-1) made just five of its first 21 shots and led 19-16 after Alabama’s Talisha Chandler hit a 3-pointer with 4:12 to go in the first half. LSU scored the final six points of the half to lead 25-16 at intermission.

Moore scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half to help Alabama stay close for a time. Alabama (10-11, 0-6) lost its sixth game in a row.

No. 14 Vanderbilt 72, Georgia Tech 55: Caroline Williams scored six points to spark a 26-0 run and Vanderbilt recovered from a nine-point deficit midway through the second half to beat Georgia Tech.

The Commodores’ win gave the Southeastern Conference a two-game sweep over the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Russell Athletic Shootout. Earlier Sunday, Georgia beat Florida State 70-65.

Williams scored 21 points, including the first six points of the 26-0 run, to lead Vanderbilt (17-3).

Janie Mitchell scored 14 points for Georgia Tech (11-8).

No. 16 Georgia 70, Florida State 65: Tasha Humphrey sparked a late 13-0 run and Georgia rallied past Florida State.

Humphrey, playing with four fouls, finished with 25 points for the Lady Bulldogs (16-4). She scored 10 points during the run to help Georgia turn a 60-50 deficit into a 63-60 lead.

Angel Robinson added 16 points for Georgia.

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