UK women hope to end 6-game skid

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will continue its difficult stretch of games Thursday at 7 p.m. ET inside Reed Arena as it travels to face No. 19 Texas A&M, marking the Wildcats’ fourth meeting against a top-25 team in its last five games. The Aggies are the seventh straight team UK has faced that has been or currently is ranked or receiving votes in the national listings.

This difficult stretch in Kentucky’s schedule has got the better of the Wildcats, who enter Thursday’s Southeastern Conference road opener having lost six in a row. Three of those losses have come to ranked teams in No. 3 Louisville, No. 7 Tennessee and No. 24 Cal, while the other three have come in true road games. UK is the only team in the league to play six non-conference true road games.

TAMU is the seventh straight opponent UK has faced that has been ranked or receiving votes at some point this season, including the fourth top-25 team in the last five games. UK is 0-4 against ranked foes this season and is scheduled to play six more games against teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, starting with Texas A&M.

Kentucky (8-7, 0-1 SEC) enters the game looking to regain confidence on both ends of the court. The Wildcats are shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from long range this season, both numbers that have dipped during the tough stretch. UK is averaging 70.4 points per game and allowing opponents to score 62.2 points per game.

Junior guard Maci Morris is averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game, hitting 46.8 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from long range. Morris has scored in double figures in every game but one this season, while she has four games of 20 or more points. The native of Pineville, Ky., ranks 12th nationally and second in the SEC in 3-point field-goal percentage this season.

Fellow junior guard Taylor Murray is averaging 10.4 points per game. The native of Odenton, Md., ranks second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game and leads the team with 55 assists and 31 steals. Murray’s 2.39 assist-turnover ratio ranks fifth best in the league and 53rd best nationally.

Texas A&M enters Thursday's game ranked No. 19 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today/Coaches Top 25. The Aggies are 11-4 overall this season, including 8-2 at home, 2-1 in true road games and 1-1 in neutral-site games. All four of the Aggies losses have come to highly ranked teams with two losses vs. Oregon, and single losses to West Virginia and South Carolina.

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