A'dia Mathies, Kentucky pull away from Arkansas late

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A'dia Mathies scored 21 points and had six assists as Kentucky (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) used a late surge to beat Arkansas 84-72 on Thursday night.

Mathies started the game strong, scoring 14 points in the first eight minutes for the Wildcats (13-2, 2-0). Arkansas then found a way to shut her down, forcing her to miss her next eight shots over a 20-minute span.

The Razorbacks (11-3, 0-2) trailed by as many as 15 in the first half but used strong shooting to take their first lead, 46-44, with 16:18 left in the game on Dominique Robinson's 3-pointer.

The Wildcats regained the lead and created space once Mathies got going again. The junior finished 8 for 18 from the field and 5 for 9 on 3-pointers.