UK Hoops holds on over Florida 76-69

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A'dia Mathies scored 20 points and Jennifer O'Neill had 12 of her 17 in the second half and No. 6 Kentucky topped Florida 76-69 Thursday night in the teams' Southeastern Conference opener.

DeNesha Stallworth added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (13-1) won their school-record 12th straight game.

Last season's regular-season conference champions had to work hard and often for their sixth straight win over Florida. UK tied a school record with its 30th straight win at home.

Kentucky trailed just once, but had to withstand several rallies from Florida.

O'Neill helped with consecutive 3-pointers and eight straight points overall to give Kentucky its biggest second-half lead at 58-49. Her layup with 1:59 remaining provided a 70-62 lead.

Florida got within 72-68 with 21 seconds remaining, but Kentucky sealed it with four free throws, the final one by O'Neill in the final second.

Jaterra Bonds scored a game-high 21 points for Florida (11-4), which had its six-game winning streak end.


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