No. 6 Kentucky 87, Alabama 70

Kentucky wasn’t about to let Alabama beat them two straight

years in Tuscaloosa.

DeNesha Stallworth had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help the

sixth-ranked Wildcats beat the Crimson Tide 87-70 on Sunday for

their 13th straight victory.

Samarie Walker added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats

(14-1, 2-0 SEC), who were shocked by Alabama last season, falling

by two points.

The Wildcats led early on and the Crimson Tide (10-5, 0-2) were

no match. Kentucky used a 16-4 run midway through the first half to

go up 25-13. Alabama closed to four, but the Wildcats scored the

final three points of the half to lead 35-28 at the break.

Alabama cut its deficit to 47-43 early in the second half, but

Kentucky put the game away with an 11-3 run.

”It was great to see us finally assert ourselves in the area of

hustle and effort,” Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell said.

A’dia Mathies scored all 17 of her points in the second half

after getting into foul trouble in the first half. She hit a

career-high five 3-pointers.

”We were struggling behind the three point line in the first

half. Just being able to go out there and make threes after sitting

out the whole first half,” she said. ”I was very happy about that

effort.”

Kentucky’s rare use of a zone defense prevented Alabama from

getting easy shots in the paint, forcing them to rely on their

shots behind the 3-point line.

”This was a tough game against one of the top teams in the

country,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. ”I thought we

gave good effort, but we didn’t shoot the ball very well. When

you’re playing a good team you have to make everything happen.

Everything has to count. You cannot take a break.”