DULUTH, Ga. – Kelsey Bone scored a team-high 18 points and Texas A&M won its first Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship, defeating second-seeded Kentucky 75-67 on Sunday in the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
The victory marks the first conference tournament title for Texas A&M since winning the Big 12 Conference Tournament in 2010. Sunday’s crown is the fourth conference tournament title for Texas A&M across three different conferences.
Bone charted her 14th double-double of the season with 18 points and 15 rebounds as one of four Texas A&M (24-9) players to reach double-figure scoring totals. Kristi Bellock followed with 15 points, while Courtney Walker added 14. Courtney Williams chipped in 11 points.
The Aggies shot 47.0 percent (31-of-66) from the field in the game, while the Wildcats connected on 35.5 percent (27-of-76) percent from the floor. Texas A&M scored 42 of its 75 total points in the paint.
Kentucky (27-5), which was making its third SEC Tournament Championship Game appearance in the last four years, was led by a game-high 19 points from A’dia Mathies.
• Championship Game attendance: 5,076
• Tournament MVP- Kelsey Bone
• All-Tournament Team: Taber Spani (Tennessee), A’dia Mathies (Kentucky), Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M), Kristi Bellock (Texas A&M), Courtney Walker (Texas A&M).
TEXAS A&M NOTES
• The Aggies improve to 24-9 for the season and clinch the SEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• Texas A&M wins its first Southeastern Conference Tournament title in any sport in its first season in the SEC.
• This is the fourth conference tournament title for Texas A&M across three different conferences. The Aggies won the final Southwest Conference tournament title in 1996 and claimed Big 12 Tournament titles in 2008 and 2010.
• The Aggies avenged two earlier losses to Kentucky in the regular season by a combined seven points (65-62, Jan. 10 in Lexington; 70-66, Feb. 18 in College Station).
• Head Coach Gary Blair wins his first SEC Tournament title in his first trip to the event with Texas A&M; he made 11 trips to the tournament as Arkansas’ head coach from 1993-03. Blair improves to 11-10 all-time at the SEC Tournament as a head coach.
• The Aggies held all three tournament opponents below their season scoring average: South Carolina – 52 points (61.0 ppg avg.), Tennessee – 62 points (78.4 ppg avg.), Kentucky – 67 points (76.7 ppg avg)
• Junior center Kelsey Bone recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
• With five assists in tonight’s game, senior guard Adrienne Pratcher moves to ninth all-time in school history with 316 career assists.
• Four players hit double-figures for Texas A&M, the 13th time this season with at least four Aggies scoring 10 points or more.
• TAMU won the battle on the boards, 47-39 and points in the paint, 42-30.
• Kentucky falls to 27-5, 27-35 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
• The Wildcats are now 1-3 in SEC Tournament Championship games, with the lone win coming in 1982.
• Senior guard A’dia Mathies extended her new Kentucky record for career steals with her one steal today. She sits at 311 for her career.
• Mathies’ 19 points marked the 30th time this season she has scored in double figures and the 16th time this season she has led the Wildcats in scoring.
• DeNesha Stallworth scored 10 points for her 25th double-figure effort of the year.
• Sophomore guard Jennifer O’Neill scored 17 points for her 15th game in double figures.
• Kentucky added eight blocked shots to its new single-season record, which now stands at 168.
• The UK bench outscored TAMU’s bench, 16-11. This was the first time this season Kentucky has lost while outscoring its opponent’s bench (22-1).
• This marked just the third game this season the Wildcats have lost when leading at the half. UK led 36-34 at the break and is now 23-3 when doing so.