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UK women seek 7th straight win against Texas A&M Thursday night

Taylor Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Looking to extend the longest active winning streak in the Southeastern Conference to seven games, the No. 11 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will conclude the home portion of its 2018-19 schedule Thursday when it plays host to No. 19 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum.

Senior guard Maci Morris is scheduled to sign autographs postgame Thursday.

 Taylor Murray scored 18 points with three assists and two steals as Kentucky (23-5, 10-4 SEC) held off a furious fourth-quarter rally from LSU to earn a win on Senior Day and secure a 10-win league season for the ninth time under Matthew Mitchell last Sunday. UK led by 16 early in the fourth quarter before the Tigers would end the game on a 18-7 run. Murray hit three free throws late in the game and got a huge steal with seconds remaining to clinch the win. UK went 8:14 without a field goal to end the game.

Murray led Kentucky in scoring in both games last week as the Wildcats also defeated then-No. 13 South Carolina in Columbia. On the season, Murray is averaging 12.9 points per game while leading UK with 100 assists and 88 steals. Freshman Rhyne Howard, who was tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Week for the eighth time this week, is averaging a team-best 16.7 points per game with 6.7 rebounds per game and a team-best 66 3-pointers. Senior guard Maci Morris is the only other Wildcats averaging double figures at 15.6 points per game, hitting 65 3s at 44.8 percent from long range this season.

The Aggies are 21-6 this season overall and 10-4 in the league, tied for third with the Wildcats in the conference standing. TAMU has won each of their last two games by significant margins taking down Tennessee 79-62 last Thursday before a 80-62 win at Florida on Monday.

Chennedy Carter leads the team by averaging 22.3 points per game with 83 assists and 34 steals, while Kayla Wells is averaging 15.0 points per game and Ciera Johnson is averaging 11.9 points per game with 8.0 rebounds per game. N’dea Jones leads the team with 11.1 rebounds per game and is also earning 11.9 points per game.

Texas A&M leads the all-time series in games played against Kentucky, 5-4, including a 2-1 mark in games played in Lexington. Kentucky’s lone win against TAMU in Lexington came on Jan. 10, 2013 (65-62) before the Aggies have won each of the last two meetings. The road team in the game has won five of the last seven meetings in the series. The two teams met earlier this season in College Station with the Aggies winning 73-71.

 

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