[Moderated by Matt Jones]
This was supposed to be us…
The Kentucky women’s basketball team fell to Texas A&M in the championship of the SEC tournament tonight with a final score of 67-75. While this loss is obviously devastating for the team and the coaching staff, there could be positive outcomes. Let’s take a closer look at where the Hoops came up short, where the Aggies showed out, and of course, what everyone had to say about it.
The Hoops team went into halftime with a two point lead over the Aggies, but with a combination of poor shooting and poor rebounding, the ladies let their lead slip away. Jennifer O’Neil was 7-23 from the field, and 2-13 from the arc, which are very uncharacteristic of her. O’Neil’s shooting seems to be one large factor as to wether this team comes out with a W or a L this season, and if they want to make a good run in the NCAA Tourney, she needs to always be on.
A’dia Mathies had a beautiful game today, so it is unfortunate that it will be overshadowed by this loss. She went 8-13 from the field and 1-3 from the arc, with a total of 19 points. She also had 7 rebounds and 2 assists. In the press conference, A’dia Mathies commented that “Bone is a big player” for A&M, and talked in depth about how shutting her down would have made the difference in this game.
Kelsey Bone, who is actually a very sweet player that I want very badly to hate, had a great game. She was 8-12 from the field for 15 points, and had 15 rebounds. Bone sat out for almost half of the first half in foul trouble, but was able to keep her game clean in the second half and contribute heavily to this victory. She commented on the teams four losses in the past five games that “sometimes you need a little bit of failure to wake you back up” which hopefully Kentucky can translate into themselves in the NCAA tourney.
Congrats to head coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife Jenna, who will be welcoming baby #2 in October!! There’s a little beauty on a very sad day =/
“When you get a hoss like Bone, you learn how to ride her.”- Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair
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