UK Women's Basketball

College hoops highlights: UK's Mathies earns SEC's weekly award

Kentucky star A'dia Mathies was fouled by Tennessee's Shekinna Stricklen on a drive to the basket Thursday night. Mathies scored a career-high 34 points, including the game-winner.
Kentucky star A'dia Mathies was fouled by Tennessee's Shekinna Stricklen on a drive to the basket Thursday night. Mathies scored a career-high 34 points, including the game-winner.

Kentucky women's basketball junior guard A'dia Mathies was named the Southeastern Conference's player of the week. Mathies averaged 21 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals in the Cats' two wins against Tennessee and South Carolina.

Mathies scored a career-high 34 points in UK's upset of Tennessee on Thursday. She hit the game-winning shot against the Lady Vols with 4.2 seconds left to give UK its first 4-0 start in conference play in program history.

No. 3 Connecticut 86, No. 24 North Carolina 35: Bria Hartley scored 17 points to help host Connecticut hand the Tar Heels their worst loss in school history. The 51-point loss topped a 49-point defeat to Virginia in 1990.

Eastern Kentucky 61, Austin Peay 59: Raechele Gray's steal sealed the Lady Colonels' win in Clarksville, Tenn. EKU's Alex Jones (Elizabethtown) posted her 21st career double-double — 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Men

No. 1 Syracuse 71, Pittsburgh 63: Dion Waiters had 16 points, Scoop Jardine had 12 points and 10 assists, and host Syracuse improved to 20-0. It was win No. 876 for Coach Jim Boeheim, tying him with Adolph Rupp of Kentucky for fourth place all-time in Division I.

No. 5 Missouri 70, Texas A&M 51: Reserve Michael Dixon scored 18 points and helped spark a 17-0 first-half run as host Missouri beat Texas A&M to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Aggies.

Bellarmine 64, Northern Kentucky 60: Defending NCAA Division II champion Bellar-mine built a 12-point halftime lead and held on for the win in Louisville. Jeremy Kendle led No. 3 Bellarmine with 16 points. Jon Van Hoose (Russell) led the eighth-ranked Norse with 14.

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