The #15 UK women’s basketball team took on the #13/16 Texas A&M Aggies today in College Station. The Wildcats came out victorious, winning 83-74. This leaves UK 20-7 for the season, and 8-6 in the SEC. This season became a school-record fifth straight 20-win season with today’s win. Kentucky is now 3-1 all-time against A&M and undefeated at Reed Arena.
UK started their standard lineup of Thompson, Evans, Goss, Stallworth and Walker and are 14-4 with this lineup. Kentucky dominated the glass in the first half, outrebounding TAMU 25-12. The Cats have now out rebounded 16 opponents, 11 of by double figures. They also shot 15-29 from the field, a season high during SEC play. Kentucky led heading into the locker room for the half.
Starting the second half, Jennifer O’Neill came off the bench and scored a team-high 17 points, 10 coming in the second half. Linnae Harper also put up double-figures off the bench, scoring 10/16 in the second half. UK’s bench outscored Texas A&M’s 53-10. The Wildcats have now forced double-digit turnovers in every game this season.
Courtney Walker led the Aggies in scoring with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Courtney Williams was the only other Aggie to score in double-figures with 16 points. Two other Cats scored in double-figures outside of O’Neill (who has 6 straight double-figure games) and Harper. DeNesha Stallworth had 11 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes of play for her 26th career double-double and 5th of the season. Makayla Epps had 11 points in 22 minutes, all of which she scored at the free throw line. Samarie Walker led the team in rebounding with 14 boards (4 offensive, 10 defensive).
The Cats travel to Starkville next to take on Mississippi State on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.