GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Texas A&M 77, Kentucky 30

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Jordan Nixon scored a career-high 19 points to lead No. 8 Texas A&M to a 77-60 win over No. 10 Kentucky.

Aaliyah Wilson scored 18 points and Ciera Johnson had 14, and N'dea Jones added 12 points and 12 rebounds to help the Aggies (11-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) match their best start since the 2014-15 season.

Nixon scored A&M's first 11 points and capped a 14-0 run early in the fourth quarter with two free throws to give the Aggies a 59-47 lead. Kentucky's Blair Green ended the drought with a 15-foot jumper with to pull the Wildcats within 10 with 7:20 left, but that's the closest the Wildcats (9-2, 2-1) got.

Rhyne Howard, the reigning SEC player of the year, had 22 points for Kentucky. KeKe McKinney added 12 points.

TAMU went inside to start the second half with Johnson getting two buckets and two free throws to help the Aggies take a 45-39 lead. Kentucky answered with an 8-0 run as Howard hit a 3-pointer and then assisted on a 3 by McKinney.

The Aggies answered with the last eight points of the quarter with half coming at the free-throw line. Kentucky didn't score in the last 4:31, making three turnovers and missing three field goals and two free throws.

Kentucky took a 5-0 lead, but the Aggies came back to take an 11-9 lead with all the points by Nixon, who capped it with a 3-pointer just under five minutes into the game.

Howard and Jazmine Massengill hit shots in the last 15 seconds of the first quarter to give the Wildcats a 21-18 lead. A 14-foot jumper by Chasity Patterson and a pair of buckets by Howard gave Kentucky the biggest lead of the first half at 27-20. But the Wildcats had four turnovers in the last 6:33 left before intermission and the Aggies hit 5 of 6 free throws, including two by Wilson with 15 seconds left to tie the score at 31.


Associated Press

January 7, 2021