COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- 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.
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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