Key, Davis lift No. 25 Tennessee past No. 12 Kentucky

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tamari Key scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, Rennia Davis added 15 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, and No. 25 Tennessee throttled No. 12 Kentucky 70-53 on Sunday.

The Lady Vols took control in the third quarter when Key scored the first six points of the second half to start an 11-1 run for a 38-23 lead. Tennessee scored the last eight points for a 49-31 lead entering the fourth quarter, which started with a 9-1 run for a 26-point lead.

Rae Burrell scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Lady Vols (10-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) and played sterling defense on Kentucky star Rhyne Howard. Kasiyahna Kushkituah added 11 off the bench on 5 of 7 shooting.

Chasity Patterson led Kentucky (11-4, 4-3) with 15 points and Howard added 14, six below her average, but was 3 of 16 shooting.

Tennessee’s dominating size was the difference. The Lady Vols hounded the Wildcats, who’d won the last three games in the series, into 29% (18 of 63) shooting and dominated the boards 56-25. That dominance included 21 offensive rebounds, 19 second-chance points, and a 44-18 difference in points in the paint.

Kentucky had its worst shooting and lowest-scoring game of the season.

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