No. 6 Kentucky tops 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.

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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