O'Neill's 17 Leads Hoops in 78-57 Win over Auburn

Jan. 08, 2015

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Jennifer O'Neill scored 17 points off the bench to lead four players in double figures and No. 10 Kentucky remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference with a 78-57 win over Auburn on Thursday night.

O'Neill sank five 3-pointers for the Wildcats (14-2, 3-0). Linnae Harper added 15 points, and Alexis Jennings and Makayla Epps had 12 apiece.

Jennings scored Kentucky's first five points and helped the Wildcats establish control from the opening tip. O'Neill and the rest of the team's bench players combined for 28 points.

Kentucky forced 25 turnovers and scored 23 points off those miscues. The Wildcats never trailed and outscored the Tigers 20-7 over the last 6 minutes.

Kentucky scored eight of the first 11 points of the second half and built a 45-28 lead. Auburn (9-7, 0-3) trimmed the margin to 58-50 with 6 minutes to go but couldn't get any closer.

The Tigers outrebounded the Wildcats 45-35 and got a game-high 23 points from Tra'Cee Tanner. Hasina Muhammad chipped in with 12.

Kentucky held an 11-10 lead 6 minutes into the game, but used a 10-0 run to create a cushion midway through the first half.

O'Neill came off the bench and made two 3-pointers during the spurt, which gave the Wildcats a 21-10 advantage with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. O'Neill had eight points before halftime, providing an early spark.

The Tigers narrowed the deficit to single digits eight times in the final 10 minutes of the half, but a 3-pointer by Epps to end the period gave the Wildcats a 37-25 lead.

Harper paced Kentucky with nine points in the half.