No. 7 UK Hoops Face No. 19 Texas A&M in SEC Tournament Title Game
March 10, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The seventh-ranked Kentucky women's basketball team No. 7 Kentucky is just one win away from bringing home the Southeastern Conference Tournament title for the second time in school history and first since 1982. Standing in the way is No. 19 Texas A&M, who upset top-seeded and ninth-ranked Tennessee 66-62 to earn its first appearance in the championship game. The teams will battle for the hardware tonight at 6 p.m. ET at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Cara Capuano and Nell Fortner calling the action. It also will be carried live on the UK IMG Sports Radio Network with Neil Price.
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The Wildcats (27-4) earned their third trip to the title game in the last four seasons by using an impressive second-half performance to defeat No. 12 Georgia in the semifinals, 60-38. UK outscored the Lady Dawgs 41-14 in the second half, holding them scoreless for the final 6:08 of the game, and 22.2 percent (14-of-63) shooting for the game.
"We came down here with the intention of winning the tournament," UK Hoops Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "I'm excited for our opportunity to compete for the championship. We know we'll have to play well and prepare well to beat Texas A&M. We'll put everything we can into it and see what happens and try to get as ready as we can."
Junior center DeNesha Stallworth (Richmond, Calif.) led all scorers with 18 points, while grabbing a game-high four blocks. Senior All-America candidate A'dia Mathies (Louisville, Ky.) added 11 points and grabbed two steals which set a new UK career steals record with 310. The previous record was 309 set by Stacey Reed from 1991-95.
The Wildcats are 2-0 vs. Texas A&M after winning both regular-season matchups vs. the Aggies this season. The Wildcats won 65-62 in Lexington on Jan. 10 and 70-66 in College Station, Texas on Feb. 18.
UK is 27-34 all-time in the SEC Tournament, 1-2 in the championship game. All three title games were against Tennessee. UK won the tournament championship in 1982 and fell to the Lady Vols in 2010 and 2011.
Additional information on the tournament can be found at www.secsports.com.