HATTIESBURG, Miss.(AP) -- Sophomore guard A'dia Mathies led a balanced scoring effort, and No. 9 Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Southern Miss 79-59 on Saturday in the championship game of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic.
Leading 33-28 at halftime, the Wildcats (5-0) went on a 19-2 run to open the second half.
Mathies, who was named the Classic's Most Valuable Player, scored 14 points, while coming up with six steals, three assists and four rebounds.
Mathies had scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds Friday night in the Wildcats' opening-round 91-59 victory over Murray State.
Rachel Vigers scored 21 points to lead Southern Miss (3-2).
Kentucky overcame the absence of senior All-America forward Victoria Dunlap, as Mathies led six Wildcats with at least nine points. Dunlap missed Saturday's game with a mild concussion after hitting the back of her head on the court while taking a charge in the first half against Murray State.
Keyla Snowden added 12 points for Kentucky, while Crystal Riley had 11 and freshman guard Kastine Evans - who also was picked for the All-Classic team - finished with 10 and seven rebounds.