UK has started a freshman in 131-of-163 games in the Matthew Mitchell era, including 98 straight.
Junior guard A’dia Mathies and freshman guard Bria Goss scored Kentucky’s first 13 points on a combined 5-9 shooting from the field.
Mathies finished the first half with a team-high 11 points.
UK held South Carolina scoreless for the final 5:37 of the game.
Kentucky led South Carolina 23-21 heading into the locker room.
The Wildcats are 19-0 this season when leading or tied at the half, 9-0 in SEC play.
Second Half Notes
Leading 39-37, A’dia Mathies and Bria Goss combined to score UK’s next nine points as the Wildcats went on a 9-2 run to take a 48-39 lead at the 5:05 mark.
The Wildcats’ nine-point lead was their largest of the game.
A’dia Mathies and Bria Goss combined to score 12 of Kentucky’s final 14 points in the game.
The final 8.0 seconds of the game:
With 8.0 seconds left in the game, Bria Goss hit one free throw to give Kentucky a 51-48 lead.
After getting the rebound off Goss’ second free throw, Maegan Conwright hit both of her free throws with 4.2 seconds left to give UK a 53-48 lead.
Kentucky was assessed a technical foul after Bria Goss stole the South Carolina inbound pass and called a timeout that the Wildcats did not have. South Carolina then hit both free throws to narrow the UK lead to three at 53-50.
With 3.0 seconds left, Maegan Conwright stole the South Carolina inbounds pass to seal the win for Kentucky.
UK made one field goal in the final 5:05 of the game.
It was Goss’ 21st double-figure scoring game of the season, the fourth most in UK freshman history. Goss is one game shy of tying Maria Donhoff (1977-78) for third.
Sophomore guard Maegan Conwright grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and hit two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to give Kentucky a five-point lead at 53-48. Conwright then stole the South Carolina inbound with 3.0 seconds left and dribbled out the clock to seal the win.