ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) - Chatrice White scored 23 points and Ivory Crawford added 22 to help Illinois upset No. 9 Kentucky 77-71 on Thursday night at the Paradise Jam.
Illinois (5-0) led 40-39 early in the second half before scoring eight straight, including the last four by Crawford to open a nine-point lead. Kyley Simmons' 3-pointer with 9:45 left extended the advantage to 57-45 before Kentucky (4-1) rallied to cut it to 66-63 with 2:15 left.
Simmons hit nine of 10 free throws over the rest of the game to seal the victory. The Illini will play South Florida on Friday in the round-robin event.
Makayla Epps scored 20 points to lead the Wildcats, who will face Oklahoma on Friday.
Illinois jumped over Kentucky scoring 10 of the first 12 points. Kentucky rallied behind Epps and took a 28-20 lead with 6:33 left in the half.
The Illini closed the first 20 minutes with a 14-5 run to take a one-point lead at the break.