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Cats Defeat Aggies in Classic SEC Showdown

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.

Article written by Wilder Treadway

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10 Comments for Cats Defeat Aggies in Classic SEC Showdown



  1. don of dons
    8:41 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    first



  2. burrr hard
    8:58 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    WHAT UP LADY CATS!



  3. Women Everywhere
    9:19 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    Great win Hoops! Go Cats!



  4. LeX
    9:43 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    Lol dont care.



  5. BNClay
    10:05 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t see the game but sounds like it was a good one. Way to go lady wildcats.



  6. buzzard
    10:16 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    Keep it up Lady Cats!! Go Big Blue.



  7. matt1220
    10:56 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    At least a uk basketball team that takes a lead and knows how to hold on to it. GO CATS!



  8. mashburnfan1
    11:45 pm January 10, 2013 Permalink

    Good win vs a very good and physical team. Love that these ladies are winning tough close games against good competition. Should get a great seed in tourney, at least a #2 as of now and make a run at Final 4.



  9. asdf
    8:11 am January 11, 2013 Permalink

    The ladies need to do a clinic for the men’s team to teach them how to play with immediacy. Great game, and good toughness at the end!



  10. Linda Taylor
    12:03 pm January 11, 2013 Permalink

    4 – You don’t care but do you know who does? Coach Stoops does. He was at the game. He matters way more than you do. Memorial was rocking last night and it was great fun to be a part of the crowd. Anyone who wouldn’t have had fun cheering on our ladies last night in Memorial has got to be a real stick-in-the-mud boring person.
    9 – They are much more fun to watch than our men’s team this year. They can be counted on for all-out effort every game.