No. 9 Kentucky 73, Morehead St. 37

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell knew his team’s size would be

too much for Morehead State to handle.

Samarie Walker had her fourth career double-double with 15

points and 13 rebounds, and No. 9 Kentucky routed Morehead State

73-37 on Friday.

The Wildcats (3-1) made full use of its size advantage Morehead

State (1-4), which had seven players in its 10-player rotation

listed at 5-foot-10 or shorter. Kentucky outrebounded the Eagles

34-7 on the offensive glass, and the overall rebounding margin for

Kentucky was 63-21.

The Wildcats’ 63 rebounds were three shy of a school record for

rebounds in a game.

”That was a key today,” Mitchell said. ”We thought we should

have a huge advantage on the boards. We were bigger, stronger and

more athletic, but you still have to go in and get them. The

unfortunate thing was that we had so many opportunities because we

missed so many baskets, but you still have to go get them. I really

challenged our post players today.”

The Wildcats also had 10 blocks Saturday, their most in a game

since totaling 10 against McNeese State on Nov. 28, 2009.

The Eagles hung around in the game’s first few minutes, forcing

Kentucky to score from the outside despite its marked size

advantage in the paint. The Eagles kept scoring low and were down

6-4 with 16:15 to play, but the Wildcats’ front-court combination

of Walker, DeNesha Stallworth and Azia Bishop started to control

the game on the offensive glass, and the Eagles could not

recover.

Kentucky led 36-13 at halftime. Morehead State had 13 turnovers

in the half and shot 6 of 25.

Stallworth finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three

blocks, recording her first double-double at Kentucky. Stallworth,

a 6-3 junior, sat out last season after transferring from

California.

”We knew that the post play would be our advantage today

because they were a very short team,” Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies

said. ”We knew that if we got the ball inside we should be able to

score. They did such a great job, especially DeNesha Stallworth and

Samarie (Walker), they both recorded double-doubles today. That’s

awesome. I’m just glad they’ve been putting in work, and you could

see that on the stat sheets.”

Walker, who had 10 of her 15 points in the first half, finished

5 of 11 from the field.

”It’s hard for me not to get frustrated when I miss such easy

shots, but I try to continue to get better with my attitude and

work on my frustration,” Walker said.

Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies had 11 points to move up to No. 8 on

the school’s career scoring list. The senior has scored 1,491

points in 108 games.

Whitney Kyle and Mackenzie Arledge led the Eagles with six

points each. Morehead State was 15 of 52 overall (28.8 percent)

from the field.

”I wish we could go to a Black Friday sale and buy us a few

more inches, but there is no alleviating that type of

physicality,” Morehead State coach Tom Hodges said. ”That is the

one thing that this year’s team has. With DeNesha Stallworth and

(Azia) Bishop, there’s just an influx of physicality. They are not

just tall, they are imposing. I think that what makes this maybe

their best team.”