Wildcats Down Premier Players, 99-78, In Final Exhibition Game
Women's basketball forces 33 turnovers in lopsided victory.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 1999) -- The University of Kentucky women's basketball team won its second and final exhibition game on Saturday, defeating Premier Players, 99-78, in Memorial Coliseum.
The Wildcats forced 27 second-half turnovers, wearing down the Premier Players with solid defense play. Carolyn Alexander and Rita Adams fueled the transition game with four steals apiece that helped the Cats along the way towards 45 points off 33 Premier turnovers.
"We've been concentrating on our defense in practice a lot more," UK Coach Bernadette Mattox said. "We don't usually play zone defense, we play man-to-man, but it worked well tonight. Our players really dug in the second half and I have to give our kids a lot of credit."
The Premier All Stars, 3-4 in its 10-game schedule, battled the Cats throughout the first half, trailing only 50-48 at the half. UK's full court press and pressure defense would prove too much for the thin-benched Premier Players as the Cats took at 26-point lead with two minutes remaining. A 34-8 advantage for the Cats in bench scoring helped spur the Cats second-half charge.
Sophomore forward LaTonya McDole led the Cats for the second straight game, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Junior forward Laura Meadows also looked impressive, charting her first double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Former Ohio State player Larecha Jones led Premier with 17 points.
Kentucky will begin regular season action on Friday, Nov. 29 when it travels
to Clarksville, Tenn., to face Austin Peay at 8 p.m.