Lexington, KY – The No. 9/7 Kentucky women’s basketball team looks to keep its winning streak alive and chart its first win in College Station,?Texas when it travels to No. 11/13 Texas A&M for a Big Monday showdown on ESPN2. The game will tip at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST in Reed Arena.
The Wildcats will once again don their pink NIKE uniforms, socks and shoes in an effort to increase awareness for the Play4Kay initiative and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Earlier this season in Lexington, Ky., the Wildcats used a solid second-half performance to defeat Texas A&M 65-62 in the teams’ first-ever meeting. UK?forced 11 second-half turnovers and 21 overall, while holding the Aggies to 32 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. The Wildcats were paced by senior guard A’dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.) who hit three of her four 3-pointers in the second half for 11 of her team-high 23 points.“It’s a big game,” UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. “We’re a game behind them and so it’s a big game. It’s two of the best teams in the country, two of the best teams certainly in our league and it’ll be a tremendous matchup. We had a tremendous game here. I thought we played well and gave great effort. We’ll have to learn from that game. I think it’s probably important for us to figure out a little bit better way to defend them. They got a lot of easy buckets in that game although we won, and they didn’t score a ton. I think we need to make them work harder to score. It’ll be a real tough game and our team will have to prepare well and be real sharp in order to get the victory.”
The?Cats (22-3 overall, 10-2), who currently sit in second place in the Southeastern Conference standings, are coming off an impressive come-from-behind victory over No. 16/14 South Carolina on Thursday. Trailing by 16 points early in the second half, the Wildcats used a four-guard set to chip away at the Gamecocks’ lead and win 78-74 – the largest comeback in the Matthew Mitchell era. UK outscored SC 48-30 in the second half and scored 24 points off 22 forced turnovers in the game, while committing just nine.
Overall this season, Mathies leads UK and ranks second in the league (conference games only) in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game. The preseason SEC?Player of the Year currently ranks in the top 10 of 13 career lists at UK, including third in scoring (1,830) and steals (293). She needs 16 more points to tie former Wildcat Victoria Dunlap at No. 2 on the all-time scoring list. (1,846 – 2005-08).
Overall, junior center Kelsey Bone leads the Aggies and ranks second in the SEC (all games) in scoring and rebounding with 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Courtney Walker follows in the scoring column with 10.4 points per game.
The Aggies lead the SEC in field goal percentage this season, shooting .467 percent from the field. They also are first in 3-point field goal percentage (.377), assists per game (17.4) and assist/turnover ratio (17.4 to 15.5).
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