published Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Kentucky beats Lady Vols 78-65

Kentucky's A'dia Mathies (1) shoots next to Tennessee's Taber Spani (13) and Cierra Burdick during the first half of their NCAA game Sunday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky's A'dia Mathies (1) shoots next to Tennessee's Taber Spani (13) and Cierra Burdick during the first half of their NCAA game Sunday at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Ky.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — A’dia Mathies scored 13 second-half points, including back-to-back 3-pointers during Kentucky’s 19-6 run, to help the No. 10 Wildcats pull away from No. 8 Tennessee for a 78-65 victory on Sunday.

Mathies, Kentucky’s No. 2 career scorer, finished with 16 points in her home finale. Jennifer O’Neill added four 3-pointers for 16 points as Kentucky (25-4, 13-3) claimed the No. 2 seed for this week’s Southeastern Conference tournament.

Kentucky set the tone throughout but emerged from a 36-32 halftime lead with a big run set up by three steals and two rebounds by Samarie Walker (10 points). That put the Wildcats up 55-38 and they stayed safely ahead to make Matthew Mitchell the program’s winningest coach with 139 victories. Regular-season champion Tennessee (23-6, 14-2) played without center Isabelle Harrison, who sustained a right knee injury Thursday.

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