CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Karisma Penn had 27 points and 19 rebounds, and Illinois sent Georgia to its first loss of the season with a 70-59 victory over the No. 6 Lady Bulldogs on Friday night.
Penn scored 13 points to help the Illini (7-5) jump out to a 31-13 lead. She also had 11 points during a game-changing 13-5 run that gave Illinois a 65-57 advantage after Georgia (12-1) had tied it at 52.
Guard Adrienne GodBold, playing her first game of the season after regaining her eligibility, and Amber Moore added 11 points apiece for Illinois.
Jasmine James and Khaalidah Miller each scored 17 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Illinois hadn't beaten a team ranked in the top six since a win over then-No. 5 Georgia on Jan. 2, 2000. The Lady Bulldogs came in as one of the nation's seven undefeated teams with a 28.1-point average margin of victory.
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