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.”