No. 9 Kentucky runs away from Miami (Ohio), 92-53

  • Article by: GARY GRAVES
  • Associated Press
  • November 28, 2012 - 1:09 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Bernisha Pinkett had career highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds, A'dia Mathies added 14 points and No. 9 Kentucky rolled past Miami (Ohio) 92-53 on Wednesday.

DeNesha Stallworth scored 12 points and had eight rebounds for Kentucky (5-1), which won its 25th straight home game. Freshman Janee Thompson had 14 points and Bria Goss added 12.

A morning tipoff before 2,000 sixth-graders may have caused a sluggish start before the Wildcats' defense got going. Kentucky ended up holding Miami (3-3) to 33 percent shooting while forcing 22 turnovers that led to 29 points.

Courtney Osborn scored a game-high 25 points for the RedHawks, who lost their second straight and fell to 2-16 against Kentucky.

Pinkett's 12 first-half points provided the spark en route to 8-of-13 shooting and the junior's highest output since scoring 18 points twice last season.

"The great thing for us is that Miami was a tough team and made us work hard today," Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. "We had to earn that victory."

Kentucky used 59 percent shooting in the second half to finish 50 percent overall for the second straight game. The Wildcats went 11 for 29 from 3-point range, had 16 steals and only seven turnovers.

Miami took the lead four times in the first 10 minutes by limiting Kentucky to 39 percent shooting. The RedHawks' early aggression helped them get some offensive rebounds and force a couple of turnovers, before Pinkett found her shot.

She helped with a 13-2 run that put Kentucky ahead for good.

Pinkett won a loose-ball scramble beneath the basket to feed Walker for a layup, made a steal and drive and followed up a shot to make it 22-12. After a couple of free throws provided a 13-point lead, she made another open 3-pointer to close the half with 12 points and send the Wildcats into halftime with a 40-28 lead.

"The first time I shot a 3, I thought they were just slipping a little," said Pinkett, who was 3-of-6 from behind the arc. "And then when they left me open again, I was like, `That's fine, I'll just keep shooting it until they come out and get me.' "

The Redhawks outrebounded their opponent 22-13 in the first half, but Kentucky's defense forced 10 turnovers leading to 14 points. The Wildcats' bench also provided depth with 22 points.

"When they keep reloading like that, it's hard to slow them down," RedHawks coach Maria Fantanarosa said.

Kentucky opened the second half with three straight 3-pointers. Goss hit consecutive 3-pointers and Pinkett added one before dropping in a basket during a 12-0 spurt that made it 55-32.

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