In the first game ever between the two teams, the 6th ranked Kentucky Wildcats took down the 20th ranked Texas A&M Aggies 65-62. Facing a nearly double-digit deficit in the second half, the Cats fought back in the second half and wore down a very talented, disciplined, and physical Aggie team. The crowd played a huge part in tonights win, urging on UK in the waning minutes when they needed it the most at a defeaning noise level. 15-1 (3-0) Kentucky is now in the midst of a school record 31 game home winning streak, shouts to you Lexington.
A’dia Mathies, Jennifer O’Neill, and DeNesha Stallworth paced the Cats with the majority of their points making up the Kentucky offensive attack. Mathies had 23 points, but Texas A&M Coach Gary Blair said “the difference in the ball game was O’Neill, she could handle anything we threw at her”. O’Neill had 15 points and eight assists, and brought consistency at the point guard position to drag Kentucky on top of the Aggies in the second half.
The Wildcats pride themselves on the motto of #40MINS, preaching the need to play intense “Kentucky-style” basketball for the entire game, saying that when they do so they will be very, very hard to beat on any given night. Mitchell praised the Cats strength and conditioning coach, saying she won the game for Kentucky because of how fit his team was near the end of the game, when the Aggies were huffing and puffing for air. Coach Blair got his first technical foul in three and a half years, apologizing afterwards but saying he had to protect his star player Bone after “UK build a fire” around her.
If you didn’t watch tonight’s game: you missed out. Kentucky showed the crowd, the SEC, and now the nation that they are a top program in the nation, and they are here to stay. The Cats play again on Sunday afternoon on the road, as they face the Missouri Tigers.