The seventh-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team hit the court today with the opportunity to lay claim to the SEC Women’s Basketball Championship, but standing in the way was the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies, who UK was playing for the third time this season after Matthew Mitchell’s squad swept the Aggies in the regular-season.
But it wasn’t meant to be, as the lady Cats hit a cold stretch in the second-half in which they went over six minutes without scoring, and they failed to claim their first SEC title since 1982.
Senior guard A’dia Mathiesled the way with 19 points.
The Wildcats (27-5) now await the Women’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show, where they’ll likely hear their names called as a #2 seed, but at-worst a #3 seed.
Other Game Notes:
- Kentucky was in the title game for the third time in the last four years, but had only won the tournament once in school history, which was 31 years ago.
- This was the first time since 2003 that the champion of the SEC women’s basketball tournament came from someplace other than the state of Tennessee.
- While this was A&M’s first year in the SEC, it wasn’t head coach George Blair’s first rodeo, as he was the HC of Arkansas from 1993-2003, but never won an SEC crown.
- The two clubs met twice already this season, with Kentucky coming away from each game with a victory. UK won 65-62 in Lexington, and followed that up with a tough 70-66 road win in College Station.
- UK is now 27-35 all-time in the SEC Tournament, 1-3 in the championship game.