Mathies, Kentucky top Vanderbilt, 76-65

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - A'dia Mathies had 16 points and five steals and No. 7 Kentucky kept its lead in double figures the last 25 minutes of its 76-65 win over Vanderbilt in the SEC tournament on Friday night.

The last point Vanderbilt trailed by single digits was at 26-17. Kentucky's big lead was 22 points at 52-30 early in the second half.

Kentucky (26-4) had an impressive start to its postseason after setting a school record with 13 SEC regular-season wins. The Wildcats closed the regular season with a home win over Tennessee to clinch the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Kentucky advanced to its fifth semifinal in the last eight years. Its only tournament championship came in 1982.

DeNesh Stallworth had 14 points in only 21 minutes for Kentucky.

Tiffany Clarke, playing in her hometown, had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Vanderbilt (20-11). Jasmine Lister had 17 points.


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