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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — DeNesha Stallworth had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record seven blocks as No. 8 Kentucky held off 10th-ranked Texas A&M 70-66 on Monday night.
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.
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 teams.
The Aggies reeled off eight straight wins after that, before Kentucky extended its winning streak to four games with Monday’s win.
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 4¬Ω 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.
A’dia 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.
No. 8 KENTUCKY 70, No. 10 TEXAS A&M 66
O’Neill 3-13 1-3 9, Mathies 5-13 2-3 13, Stallworth 6-16 0-1 12, Walker 3-5 3-6 9, Evans 5-9 0-0 12, Thompson 1-2 4-4 6, Pinkett 0-0 0-0 0, Goss 2-4 2-2 7, Drake 0-1 0-0 0, Henderson 0-0 0-0 0, Bishop 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-64 12-19 70.
TEXAS A&M (20-6)
Williams 3-7 1-2 7, Bone 4-8 1-2 9, Bellock 5-10 2-2 12, Pratcher 5-11 0-2 12, Walker 7-11 6-7 20, Scott 0-2 0-0 0, Little 1-5 0-0 2, Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Gilbert 1-2 0-3 2. Totals 27-57 10-18 66.
Halftime—Kentucky 40-34. 3-Point Goals—Kentucky 6-23 (Evans 2-5, O’Neill 2-11, Goss 1-2, Mathies 1-3, Stallworth 0-2), Texas A&M 2-9 (Pratcher 2-5, Walker 0-1, Little 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Kentucky 38 (Stallworth 12), Texas A&M 41 (Bellock 15). Assists—Kentucky 14 (O’Neill 6), Texas A&M 15 (Bellock, Bone 4). Total Fouls—Kentucky 20, Texas A&M 15. Technicals—Walker, Williams. A—6,814.