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UK Women Host No. 19 Texas A&M Thursday for Home Finale

Posted at 10:23 PM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 22:23:56-05
(AP Photo/James Crisp)

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.

Single-game tickets are $10 (all ages) in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). Senior guard Maci Morris is scheduled to sign autographs postgame Thursday.

The game will be televised on the SEC Network+ with Jeff Piecoro and Christi Thomas on the call. The action can also be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630 AM in Lexington. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.

Spectator parking is located in all E-lots surrounding Memorial Coliseum and are off control 3 hours prior to tip. Additionally, the South Limestone Garage (PS#5) and the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) are available 2 hours prior to tip. With the Gatton Student Center lot and expansion of North Craft lot there are 238 additional parking spots for spectators this season around Memorial Coliseum. The Bill Gatton Student Center is available as a pay-to-park option. Availability is based on the Gatton Student Center Event Schedule.

The Lexington Parking Authority Transit Center Parking Garage, located between High Street and Vine Street is available for parking after 5 p.m. during the week and all day on the weekends. Additionally, a free shuttle service will pick up in the High Street lot beginning 2 hours prior to tip. UK Athletics Event Staff will be at the Transit Center Garage Entrance to assist with directing patrons to the correct shuttle pick-up location.

Parking is prohibited in any R (Residential) lots. Vehicles parking in R lots without a proper permit, along yellow curbs, grass spaces, or other non-specified and unapproved areas may be subject to ticket and/or tow. Disabled spectator parking is available with a valid, state issues disabled hangtag in the E lot North of the Craft Center. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis until full.

Shuttles are available beginning 2 hours prior to tip off and pick up and drop off near the South Limestone Garage (PS#5) and near the Transit Center Parking Garage and High Street Lot. Shuttles will start back up after halftime to return guests to their parking areas, the shuttle will discontinue service 1-hour post-game.

Doors to Memorial Coliseum open 1.5 hours before tip and UK Athletics encourages women’s basketball fans to arrive early to ease traffic and parking congestion around the Coliseum. For more information on parking around Memorial Coliseum and other game-day questions visit UKathletics.com.

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.

For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, or Kentucky Women’s Basketball on Facebook.