LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Makayla Epps scored 30 points and Maci Morris had 11 of her career-high 19 in the second half when No. 17 Kentucky pulled away for an 82-68 win over No. 12 Oklahoma in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Thursday night.
There were six ties and 12 lead changes before a 3-pointer by Makenzie Cann at the 6:35 mark of the third quarter put Kentucky (6-1) up for good 45-43. The Wildcats held Oklahoma scoreless the last two minutes of the third quarter to open a 63-55 lead and then pulled away, leading by 18 with 3:43 to play.
The game was a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament with Kentucky winning the second-round game 79-58.
Oklahoma (5-1), which was off to its best start in six seasons, led 39-37 at the half on the strength of a 10-0 run over the last 3:05 and eight 3-pointers
Peyton Little had five 3-pointers for 19 points and surpassed 1,000 points for her career with the Sooners and Texas A&M. Gioya Carter had four 3s and 18 points and Vionise Pierre-Louis had 15 points and 13 rebounds.