UK women fall on road to Texas A&M 74-70

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Khaalia Hillsman scored 20 points and Danni Williams added 19 as No. 19 Texas A&M held off Kentucky’s late surge for a 74-70 victory on Thursday night.

The Aggies (12-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a 61-59 loss to No. 4 South Carolina in Sunday’s conference opener.

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Hillsman scored six points and Williams added five during a 15-7 stretch that spanned the third and fourth quarters for a 66-57 lead with 7:32 to play. Maci Morris scored six points and Makenzie Cann made a 3-pointer as Kentucky used a 13-6 spurt to pull to 72-70 with 10 seconds left, but Anriel Howard made a pair of free throws for the Aggies to seal it.

Hillsman was 6 of 8 from the field and made all eight of her free throws. Williams was 7-of-12 shooting and matched a career-best with five 3-pointers. Howard finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, her 11th straight game with at least 10 boards.

Morris scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats (8-8, 0-2). Cann had 14 points, and Alyssa Rice added 10 points and eight rebounds.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com