No. 8 Kentucky women beat No. 10 Texas A&M 70-66

Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker (33) is fouled by Kentucky center Samarie Walker during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker (33) is fouled by Kentucky center Samarie Walker during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M center Kelsey Bone (3) drives to the basket against Kentucky forward Samarie Walker, left, and DeNesha Stallworth during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M center Kelsey Bone (3) drives to the basket against Kentucky forward Samarie Walker, left, and DeNesha Stallworth during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M guard Adrienne Pratcher (32) passes the ball around Kentucky guard Jennifer O'Neill (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M guard Adrienne Pratcher (32) passes the ball around Kentucky guard Jennifer O'Neill (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker (33) and forward Kristi Bellock (5) battle for the ball against Kentucky center Samarie Walker (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Texas A&M guard Courtney Walker (33) and forward Kristi Bellock (5) battle for the ball against Kentucky center Samarie Walker (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell has been imploring DeNesha Stallworth to do more for the eighth-ranked Wildcats.

It appears he finally got through to his center.

Stallworth had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record seven blocks as Kentucky held off No. 10 Texas A&M 70-66 on Monday night.

Mitchell said Stallworth had a different look in her eyes before the game, and he had a feeling she'd have a big night.

"Her toughness," Mitchell replied when asked what he liked about her performance. "She just came out real aggressive. ... That's what we need to be the kind of team we can be."

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair raved about Stallworth's play.

"Stallworth hurt us the whole night," Blair said. "She's quick on her feet. We couldn't control her."

Stallworth's previous high in blocks was four. She said her attitude was the key to her big night.

"Just being confident and believing in myself," she said. "I thought it was really important for me to step up. I felt confident. I was just hoping I did good."

Courtney Walker scored four quick points, the last two when she drove hard to the basket for a layup, to trim Texas A&M's deficit to 66-64 with about a minute remaining.

Kentucky (23-3, 11-2 SEC) missed a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired, but it bounced off the rim and Stallworth batted the rebound to Bria Goss for an easy layup that made it 68-64.

Mitchell was relieved to get a little cushion with that play.

"I didn't know if we could stop Courtney Walker again," he said. "It was a really impressive stretch she had there."

Walker was fouled on a made jump shot with 4 seconds left and purposely missed the ensuing free throw. But Goss grabbed the rebound and hit two free throws to seal it.

Walker's 20 points led Texas A&M (20-6, 10-2), which lost for the first time since a 65-62 defeat Jan. 10 at Kentucky in the first-ever meeting between the schools.

The Aggies reeled off eight straight wins after that, before Kentucky extended its winning streak to four games with Monday's victory.

Kentucky had just finished a big run when the Aggies went on one of their own, using a 16-6 spurt to cut the lead to 64-60 with about 4½ minutes remaining. Kentucky's offense went cold during that stretch and the Wildcats didn't score for 3 minutes.

Walker had six points to power the run for the Aggies.

Texas A&M got within two early in the second half before Kentucky went on a 16-4 run to push the lead to 58-44 midway through the period. The Aggies went without scoring for more than 5 minutes and had four turnovers to help the Wildcats build the lead.

Texas A&M's Kelsey Bone, who won Southeastern Conference player of the week honors after scoring 31 points in the Aggies' last game, was held to nine points with 10 rebounds on Monday.

"We just tried to swarm her and get as many help defenders as we could," Kentucky's A'dia Mathies said.

Mathies added 13 points, all in the second half, for the Wildcats. Kastine Evans scored 12 and Samarie Walker had nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Aggies committed 18 turnovers that led to 29 points for Kentucky.

Kristi Bellock had 12 points and 15 rebounds for A&M, and Adrienne Pratcher scored 12.

Texas A&M jumped out to a 9-2 lead and was up by six points with about 14 minutes left in the first half. The Wildcats used a 19-6 run to overcome the deficit and take a 28-21 advantage with 6 minutes left before halftime. Walker and Janee Thompson scored six points apiece during that span, and the Aggies had three turnovers.

Kentucky led 40-34 at halftime.

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Comments » 13

volsfaninsc writes:

Like I said earlier Lady Vols in sole posssession of First place for now. Take on aubieettes and win one at a time.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

Can we beat TA&M or Kentucky?

richvol writes:

I don't know how many of you watched the UConn vs Baylor game on TV last night but if you did you saw a great,great game. You also saw teams that know how to pass the ball and not take bad shots.

Both teams worked the ball into the post and when the defense tried to stop the shot the post laid it off to a cutting player for a layup. Beautiful execution and this type of cuts to the basket also set you up for offensive rebounds and put backs. Holly needs to use this tape for coaching her players. Instead of Massingale trying to feed the ball inside from 20 feet by throwing the ball at our posts feet and causing turnovers we desperately need better passing. The crispness of UConn's passing is very impressive.

voloffaith writes:

in response to tonyvick#213307:

Can we beat TA&M or Kentucky?

With court discipline in ball handling, court assignments, and overrall gameplan execution both are doable. Before we go there need to take care of aubiettes and razorbackettes..............

huntined#565710 writes:

I was wanting TA&M to win so all we would have to do is beat TA&M even if we lose at KY we would still win SEC way it is now we may have to beat them both

SummittsCourt writes:

Both games are at Thompson Boiling so the advantage goes to the Lady Vols! The Lady Vols can and will beat both teams!

Go Lady Vols!

wigmeister writes:

in response to richvol:

I don't know how many of you watched the UConn vs Baylor game on TV last night but if you did you saw a great,great game. You also saw teams that know how to pass the ball and not take bad shots.

Both teams worked the ball into the post and when the defense tried to stop the shot the post laid it off to a cutting player for a layup. Beautiful execution and this type of cuts to the basket also set you up for offensive rebounds and put backs. Holly needs to use this tape for coaching her players. Instead of Massingale trying to feed the ball inside from 20 feet by throwing the ball at our posts feet and causing turnovers we desperately need better passing. The crispness of UConn's passing is very impressive.

Did see the game and it was fun to watch. I also believe that this would be a good training tape to see both the good and bad on both sides of the ball. Uconn did fluster Griner a little bit. She really began to get "chippie" in the 2nd half!

mogreer_tn#213464 writes:

in response to richvol:

I don't know how many of you watched the UConn vs Baylor game on TV last night but if you did you saw a great,great game. You also saw teams that know how to pass the ball and not take bad shots.

Both teams worked the ball into the post and when the defense tried to stop the shot the post laid it off to a cutting player for a layup. Beautiful execution and this type of cuts to the basket also set you up for offensive rebounds and put backs. Holly needs to use this tape for coaching her players. Instead of Massingale trying to feed the ball inside from 20 feet by throwing the ball at our posts feet and causing turnovers we desperately need better passing. The crispness of UConn's passing is very impressive.

I recently spoke with my brother about the exact topic; there a only afew teams that know how to pass, assist and look for the open play.

As much as I dislike Geno, I must admit he knows how to coach a team. We definitely need to watch film on Uconn and Baylor.

Coaches and players could learn alot from watching film on these teams.

voloffaith writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Both games are at Thompson Boiling so the advantage goes to the Lady Vols! The Lady Vols can and will beat both teams!

Go Lady Vols!

Sorry catettes in Lexington as final sec game regular season.

underthehill writes:

in response to tonyvick#213307:

Can we beat TA&M or Kentucky?

I thought so before I watched them play each other..A&M looks like they have strong rebounding ..and the Lady Vols ain't got Izzy..so Jones, Burdick and Kamiko are going to have to help Graves..or it will be an uphill battle on the boards..as for Ky..the up tempo game for 40 minutes is gonna take some good game coaching by Holly for the Lady Vols to hang in there..Ky has the edge in speed on the current starting team and they have a coach who knows how to use it..

SevenT writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Both games are at Thompson Boiling so the advantage goes to the Lady Vols! The Lady Vols can and will beat both teams!

Go Lady Vols!

SHEESH!!

Tennessee plays Kentucky in Lexington and it will be a down to the wire fantastic game, Advantage Kentucky.

Just Saying

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

i think we can handle Tamu at home seeing they dont have a perimeter threat. They have a couple talented froshs but ours are better. As for UK ....simply keep the turnovers down and contain Adia. Watch that Pg Douglas and Stallworth. oh yeah score more points.

ModelMaker writes:

I think we need to be worrying about Auburn and Arkansas before we even think about Texas A & M and Kentucky. They better start passing the ball better and play some tough aggressive defense or they my have a tough stretch run. Izzy not being in there has really hurt their defense.

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