LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky received a boost from DeNesha Stallworth’s 17 points and 13 rebounds on Friday night and the Wildcats cruised to a 96-64 win over DePaul at home.
The big night for Stallworth pushed her career scoring total over the 1,000-point plateau. Stallworth wasn’t the only Wildcat to record a double-double on the evening, as Samarie Walker dropped 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Kentucky (7-1) in the winning effort. A’dia Mathies added 17 points and nine rebounds and Jennifer O’Neill chipped in with 13 points of her own.
Jasmine Perry scored 16 points to lead DePaul (6-3), but it was not enough to overcome a lightning fast start from UK. The Wildcats used a 23-0 run early on to jump out to a 25-2 advantage, and the Blue Demons found themselves in an insurmountable hole before they could even get going.
Kentucky led 51-33 at the end of the first half and coasted to victory from there, adding another 45 points in the final 20 minutes to secure its seventh win of the year.
Anna Martin scored 14 for DePaul and Brittany Hrnyko added 13, but 21 turnovers and a 40-percent shooting clip did not help the cause for the visiting squad.
Bonds' 20-point Showing Lifts Florida Over Pacific
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jaterra Bonds shot 50 percent from the floor on her way to a game-high 20 points for Florida and the Gators defeated Pacific by a final score of 89-82 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Senior Jennifer George was also instrumental in the win for the Gators (7-3) on Friday night, dropping 17 points and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Florida enjoyed a hot shooting night as a team against the Tigers (7-1), converting on 53.6 percent of its field goals on the game, including a 42.9 percent mark from behind the 3-point arc.
All five of Pacific’s starters scored in double-digits against the Gators, with Kendall Kenyon leading the way with a big-time 18 points and 13 boards. Kendall Rodriguez and Ashley Wakefield chipped in 15 points apiece, while Gena Johnson and Erica McKenzie scored 14 points apiece for the Tigers. Despite the strong showing from the starting five, the Tigers were only able to muster six points off the bench.
The loss in Gainesville marked the first of the 2012 season for Pacific.
Florida entered the half with a 43-29 advantage, which proved to be enough of a cushion to hold off Pacific in the second half, despite a 53-point showing in the final 20 minutes by the Tigers.
Mississippi State Picks Up Narrow Win Over Florida Atlantic
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Mississippi State women’s basketball team returned to Starkville on Friday night for the first of a season-long five-game home stand, and the Bulldogs took care of business against visiting Florida Atlantic, 59-58.
Sherise Williams led the way offensively for MSU (4-5) thanks to a stellar shooting night. The freshman forward dropped 15 points on the Owls (5-3) to go along with five rebounds and four blocks, and the Bulldogs’ tenacious defense racked up 13 rejections in all by the time the final whistle sounded. Martha Alwal was a force defensively for Mississippi State, swatting seven FAU shot attempts and snagging 13 boards to go along with 10 points.
Sophomore Kendra Grant also scored in double-figures for the Bulldogs, finishing the evening with 10 points thanks to a strong 6-for-7 showing at the free throw stripe. Grant has now reached double-figures in eight of MSU’s nine games this season.
Although MSU’s tenacious defense limited FAU to only 29.3 percent shooting for the game, Takia Brooks still turned in a big game for the Owls. Brooks posted a game-high 27 points, converting on 9-of-14 shots. She also snagged a team-best seven rebounds and swiped seven steals on the defensive end.
Outside of Brooks, however, the Owls were held in check – no other player reached double-figures on the game.