Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings (35) looks for a teammate to pass to in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Shequila Joseph scored 21 points, Shandricka Sessom and A'Queen Hayes added 14 each and Mississippi upset No. 9 Kentucky 73-65 on Thursday night.
Ole Miss (10-9, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak.
Joseph came into the game averaging just 5.7 points per game, but was hot from the opening tip. She was 8 of 12 from the field and 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
Kentucky (14-3, 3-3) trailed 59-47 early in the fourth quarter, but cut the advantage to 61-57 with 3:46 remaining. Ole Miss' Sessom responded by hitting a layup while being fouled and then made the free throw to give the Rebels a 64-57 advantage that proved too much for the Wildcats to overcome.
Kentucky has lost two of its last three. Makayla Epps led the Wildcats with 22 points.
Ole Miss controlled the game from the outset, taking the lead for good early in the first quarter when Bretta Hart hit a layup to make it 8-7.
Kentucky kept it close throughout the first half, but could never quite overtake the Rebels, who hit several timely 3-pointers to keep the Wildcats behind. Ole Miss led 35-31 at halftime.
It was an unexpected victory for Ole Miss, which had lost four straight and was getting crushed in the process. They were coming off a 79-51 loss to No. 10 Mississippi State and had lost all four games by at least 19 points.
But the Rebels gained confidence from the Joseph's hot shooting and managed to hold off Kentucky in the final minutes.
It was the first win for Ole Miss in its new basketball home called The Pavilion. The Rebels moved into the building at the beginning of SEC play.
Kentucky: The Wildcats have been in the AP's national rankings for 125 consecutive weeks.
Mississippi: Ole Miss coach Matt Insell was an assistant under Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell for five seasons before coming to Oxford. He now has a 2-2 record against his former employer.
Ole Miss travels to face No. 2 South Carolina on Saturday.
Kentucky hosts No. 18 Tennessee on Monday.
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