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    Mathies Leads Hoops Over No. 20/21 Texas A&M

    Jan. 10, 2013

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A'dia Mathies scored 23 points and No. 6 Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half to rally past No. 20 Texas A&M 65-62 Thursday night.

    Jennifer O'Neill added 15 points as the Wildcats (15-1, 3-0 SEC) extended school-record winning streaks of 14 games overall and 31 in a row at home.

    Texas A&M shot 59 percent (17 of 29) in the first half behind a slew of layups from Kelsey Bone and Kristi Bellock for a 37-31 halftime lead. But Kentucky's improved defense wore down the Aggies and limited them to just 32 percent shooting (10 of 31) after that.

    The Wildcats shot just 39 percent for the game but were strong from 3-point range. After a 4-of-10 first half, they hit 5 of 7 with O'Neill and Mathies combining to finish 7 of 14 from long range.

    That allowed Kentucky to survive missed free throws down the stretch that gave Texas A&M a chance at the end, but Peyton Little's 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the horn.

    Bone's 27 points led Texas A&M (12-5, 2-1).