As the game turned: While the Wildcats held the lead for most of the night, the No. 8 Lady Vols made a 17-6 run in the second half that was capped off by a reverse layup from Cierra Burdick to give her team a 69-66 lead with 3:57 left to play. However, there was no slowing down the play of Kentucky point guard Jennifer O'Neill, even with defenders in her face.
With UK desperately needing to answer the run made by Tennessee, O'Neill had one as she scored on three of her team's next four possessions.
Her made jumper from the top of the key with 1:39 left to play gave Kentucky a 72-69 lead it would not look back on, as the Wildcats' defense picked up their effort.
The Lady Vols had the opportunity to either tie or win the game with 5.4 seconds remaining, but Isabelle Harrison was unable to put up a shot as she had the inbounds pass knocked away from her by DeNesha Stallworth. The Wildcats recovered the deflection and hit two free throws to end the game.
Hot Topic: Turnovers. Yet again this was the Kryptonite for the Lady Vols as they turned the ball over 22 times in their 75-71 loss to Kentucky.
While the Lady Vols offense ranks first in the SEC, they continue to turn the ball over at rates that hurt any team's chance of winning a game.
"I think we were trying too hard," Warlick said. "I don't know if we were pressing or what. It's frustrating that we don't get the opportunity to at least get a shot off at the end of the game."
Spotlight: Once again the Lady Vols' strong post play was on display as sophomore forward Bashaara Graves and junior forward Isabelle Harrison had big nights on the offensive side.
The two combined to shoot 16-of-29 from the court and each scored 20 points on the night for the first time all season.
"They are very tough post players," Stallworth said. "We wanted to try and do our best to stand between them and the basket. We just played tough in there and came out with a victory."
The Other Guys: While the clutch performance came from O'Neill, it was Stallworth that finished with the most impressive statistics: 17 points, nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
The two were a big part in Kentucky picking up its first road win against Tennessee since Jan. 23, 1985.
Outside The Box Score: Both teams' sported pink jerseys on Sunday afternoon in support of the fight against breast cancer in UT's annual 'Live Pink, Bleed Orange Game.'
Before the game Warlick presented former Lady Vol Suzanne Singleton, who played on Pat Summitt's first four teams at UT from 1974-78, with a game ball. Singleton is currently battling breast cancer.
Maria Cornelius, a breast cancer survivor as well as longtime reporter of Lady Vols basketball, was also presented a pink game ball.
Say Something: Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell on the effect that Betty Jaynes, the first executive director of the Women's Basketball Coaching Association who passed away last Monday, had on basketball: "The effort from both teams was a great tribute to Betty James who was a great giant in women's basketball. We wouldn't have a game if it weren't for her contributions. She gave her life, heart and soul to women's basketball."
By The Numbers:
1: This game marked the first time all season that two Lady Vols have scored more than 20 points.
22: The number of turnovers the Lady Vols had against the Wildcats.
15,664: The announced attendance for the game. Tennessee has now surpassed the 9 million mark in attendance for all games in program history.
Up Next: The Lady Vols face the Auburn Tigers on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be televised on CSS.