Carter, Johnson lead No. 19 A&M past No. 11 Kentucky 62-55
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Chennedy Carter scored 24 points, Ciera Johnson added 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 19 Texas A&M ended No. 11 Kentucky’s six-game winning streak with a 62-55 win on Thursday night.
Kayla Wells added 14 points for the Aggies (22-6, 11-4 Southeastern Conference), who won the first meeting 73-71. Carter also had seven rebounds and five assists. N’dea Jones had seven points and 12 rebounds as A&M had a 47-28 advantage on the glass. That strength inside also gave the Aggies a 32-14 advantage on points in the paint.
Carter opened the game with a jumper as the Aggies raced to an 11-2 lead and had nine points in the first quarter when the Aggies were up 19-7. Kentucky roared back with 12 straight points early in the second quarter and stretched that into a 19-3 run to take a 26-25 lead. A&M closed the half with three free throws to lead 28-26.
Then were seven ties in the third quarter before A&M scored nine straight points. Up 51-44 entering the fourth quarter, Johnson and Carter scored all the Aggie points to protect the lead. When the Wildcats cut the deficit to one with 6:16 to go, Carter scored the next six points. Kentucky missed six straight shots.
Maci Morris had 11 points to lead Kentucky (23-6, 10-5).