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Stallworth, Goss Lead Hoops Past Pepperdine

In addition to her 16 points, Bria Goss added five rebounds and four steals.

In addition to her 16 points, Bria Goss added five rebounds and four steals.

Dec. 19, 2012

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - DeNesha Stallworth scored 17 points and Bria Goss added 16 to lead No.7 Kentucky over Pepperdine 80-62 on Tuesday night.

Stallworth scored 13 points in the second half and the Wildcats (9-1) pulled away from the Waves (3-6) for their eighth consecutive victory.

Kentucky led by only four at halftime but opened the second half with a 16-4 run. Stallworth scored 11 during the stretch despite picking up her third foul in the opening minute. She scored on an end-to-end drive and a short jumper before converting inside to make it 55-39.

Stallworth got open for a layup and Samarie Walker scored back-to-back uncontested layups to give the Wildcats their biggest lead, 65-43.

A'dia Mathies had 13 points and Walker finished with 10.

Shay Cooney-Williams led Pepperdine with 14 points and reserve Kelsey Patrick had a season-high 10 along with eight rebounds. Bria Richardson came off the bench and also scored 10 points for Pepperdine, which committed 22 turnovers and was outscored 27-0 on the fast break.

Pepperdine closed the first half on a 14-5 run to pull to 37-33 at the break.

Patrick completed the run with a pair of technical free throws after she was elbowed by Azia Bishop on a flagrant foul. Richardson led all scorers with 10 points in the first half, including a left-hand layup to bring Pepperdine to 17-14 and a pair of free throws in the final two minutes.

Jada McNorton also sank two free throws in the final two minutes and grabbed a rebound to set up Pepperdine's last possession.

Kentucky forced 13 turnovers in the first half but couldn't connect from outside, shooting 3 for 14 from beyond the 3-point line and 35 percent from the field. Mathies and O'Neill made 3-pointers and Stallworth scored on a floater to give Kentucky a 32-19 lead before the Waves began to rally.

Pepperdine leading scorer Robie Mayberry scored two points on 1-for-8 shooting in 14 minutes after she picked up two fouls in the first half.

Kentucky took an 11-0 lead on O'Neill's layup and forced Pepperdine into nine turnovers in the first 11 minutes.

It was the first meeting between the teams since 1991.


 

 

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