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Kentucky women set record with win over Alcorn St.

  • Article by: JAMES PENNINGTON
  • Associated Press
  • December 28, 2012 - 8:08 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Samarie Walker had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 7 Kentucky allowed its fewest points in school history with a 90-23 win over Alcorn State on Friday night.

The Wildcats (11-1) led 44-11 at halftime, holding Alcorn State without a basket for the final 16 minutes of the first half. The Braves (0-9) went a total of 19 minutes and 26 seconds between field goals, a span that carried over into the second half.

The Braves pulled within three with 15:04 left in the first half — the score was 8-5 — but Kentucky then ran off 17 straight points.

The previous school record for points allowed in a game was 25, most recently accomplished on Nov. 15, 2011, against Jacksonville State.

Once it earned its large lead, Kentucky did not let up. The Wildcats kept their full-court pressure defense on for the entire game, even if it wasn't head coach Matthew Mitchell's starting five running it. Kentucky forced the Braves into 36 turnovers.

It was the fifth time this season Kentucky, which entered play Friday ranked third in the country in turnover margin, forced an opponent into at least 30 turnovers.

Walker earned her fourth double-double of the season and second in a row. She also had five steals and three blocks.

Kentucky senior A'dia Mathies scored 14 points to move into a tie for fifth place on the Wildcats' career scoring list. Her 1,598 career points rank second in school history among guards.

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