The No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats picked up their fourth straight win Thursday night as they defeated No. 12 Texas A&M 76-54 at Memorial Coliseum.
For the Wildcats, the story of the night was the second quarter. A&M entered the quarter up 13-12 but came out down by 12 points after Kentucky outscored the Aggies 21-8.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the Cats’ big run was that much of it was with Rhyne Howard on the bench. Howard picked up her second foul just a minute into the second quarter, forcing her to sit out the remainder of the half.
Sabrina Haines led the rally with seven points with while Blair Green hit a pair of three-pointers to lead Kentucky to a 33-21 halftime lead.
“That was the difference in the ball game,” Texas A&M head coach Gary Mills said postgame. “The second quarter, when Howard was on the bench, and we scored eight points, and we didn’t take advantage.”
Looking to close the game out, Kentucky turned to their star in the fourth. Howard scored 10 points in the final quarter to finish off the Aggies.
Despite shooting 1-7 in the first quarter, Howard rallied to lead the Wildcats with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
“I was still getting open looks from the beginning, they just started falling for me after I kept shooting.” Howard said.
Kentucky will be back in action Sunday when they travel south to take on LSU.