Kentucky women win 15th straight rout Missouri
- Associated Press
- January 13, 2013 - 3:21 PM
COLUMBIA, Mo. - DeNesha Stallworth scored 17 points and A'dia Mathies added 14 to help No. 6 Kentucky extend its school-record winning streak to 15 games with a 69-43 win over Missouri on Sunday.
The Wildcats (16-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) scored the first six points of the game and never trailed, winning their 16th game this season by at least 18 points.
Sydney Crafton led Missouri (12-6, 1-3) with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Stallworth's layup with 10:08 left in the first half gave Kentucky an early 23-4 lead. Missouri countered with the next nine points, but could get no closer, snapping their 11-game home winning streak.
The Tigers, who lead the country with 9.9 3-pointers per game, only made 2 of 20 attempts from behind the arc and shot 35.3 percent from the field.
Morgan Eye scored on all three attempts inside the arc but failed to make any of her four 3-pointers. Kulas scored nine points but only shot 4-for-16 from the field and 1-for-8 on 3-pointers.
The Tigers now get a much-needed week off after facing three top-10 teams in their last four games spanning 10 days.
Jennifer O'Neill added 11 points for Kentucky, which made all of its 12 free throws attempts. The Wildcats gradually extended their lead in the second half, and the widest margin occurred after O'Neill's layup with 27 seconds remaining.
Kentucky leads the country with a plus-10.3 rebounding margin, but only outrebounded the Tigers 40-37. The Wildcats won the turnover battle, 15-11, though, and benefitted from 16 second-chance points and taking 16 more shots than Missouri.
Kentucky started 4-0 in SEC play for the second consecutive season, having won its first 10 conference games during the 2011-12 season.
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