UK Hoops defeated Wagner 96-57 to move to 2-0 on the season. DeNesha Stallworth recorded her 22nd career double-double and 10th at Kentucky with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bria Goss added 17 points and Jennifer O’Neill chipped in 11 points to go with 5 assists.
UK Hoops hosts Georgia Southern on Wednesday in Memorial Coliseum at 11 a.m. ET in the first of a three-game homestand.
Here is the official boxscore: *click to enlarge
UK Hoops Postgame Notes
Spiro Sports Center
Staten Island, N.Y.
Nov. 10, 2013
Final Score: No. 7/8 Kentucky – 96, Wagner – 57
Team Records and Series Notes
UK improved to 2-0 on the season, giving the Wildcats their first 2-0 start since 2011-12.
Kentucky’s all-time record is 688-477 (.591) in 40 seasons of varsity basketball.
Matthew Mitchell is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Wildcats and owns a record of 146-62 at UK. Overall, Mitchell is 176-91 in nine seasons.
He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 146 and winning percentage (.702).
UK leads the all-time series 1-0 vs. Wagner and 4-0 vs. opponents from the Northeast Conference.
The Wildcats have now won 12 straight regular season non-conference games, including five straight on the road.
Under Coach Mitchell, Kentucky is now 21-0 when scoring at least 90 points.
Next up: UK begins a three-game homestand at Memorial Coliseum vs. Georgia Southern on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. ET.
First Half Notes
UK started with the lineup of Janee Thompson, DeNesha Stallworth, Bria Goss, Samarie Walker and Kastine Evans.
The Wildcats are 2-0 this season when using this starting lineup.
Kastine Evans scored the first points of the game for UK with a layup plus a foul.
Jennifer O’Neill and Bernisha Pinkett were the first UK players off the bench at the 16:55 mark in the first half.
After trailing 5-0 to start the game, UK used a 16-2 run to take a 16-7 lead.
The Wildcats would then use a 14-0 run to take a 30-10 lead halfway through the first half.
UK was 17-for-34 (50%) from the floor led by O’Neill who scored a team-high nine points and was 3-of-5 from the 3-point range.
Kentucky shot 7-of-13 (.538) from beyond the arc.
The 50 first half points are the most since UK scored 51 vs. Auburn on Jan. 20, 2013.
The Wildcats forced 16 turnovers and dished out 15 assists.
UK outscored Wagner 17-4 in points off turnovers.
Five players scored at least six points in the first half.
Stallworth led all players with six rebounds.
Second Half Notes
UK began the second half with the same starting five who started the game.
Kentucky used an 11-0 run early in the second half to break open the game, 67-34.
The Wildcats led by as many as 42 points in the second half.
UK recorded nine steals in the second half.
Stallworth scored 12 of her 18 points in the second half.
The Wildcats shot 35-of-71 (49.3%) from the field.
UK converted on 7-of-17 (41.2%) from beyond the arc, while holding the Seahawks to just 28.8 percent (4-of-14) from 3-point range.
All 12 Wildcats in uniform saw action and scored at least two points.
Three UK players scored in double figures.
Four Wildcats had at least two steals.
Five players dished out at least three assists.
Kentucky forced 29 Wagner turnovers and converted those into 34 points.
The Wildcats outrebounded Wagner 47-35, while outscoring Seahawks in second chance points (21-7), fast break points (21-0).
Kentucky received a huge boost from the bench by outscoring Wagner 41-14 in bench points.
Senior DeNesha Stallworth recorded her 22nd career double-double and 10th at Kentucky with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Her 18 points mark the 28th time she has reached double digits in a Kentucky uniform and 10th time she has led the Wildcats in scoring.
Stallworth also registered two steals for the second straight game.
Junior Bria Goss notched her second straight double-digit scoring effort with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field.
Goss has reached double-figure points 40 times in her career.
Junior Jennifer O’Neill has scored 11 points in both games to start the season. She also registered five assists.
O’Neill has scored in double-digits in 21 games.
Freshman Linnae Harper scored a career-high six points and pulled down a career-best four rebounds.
Sophomore Janee Thompson led the team with a career-high seven assists, while tying her career-high in steals with three.
Junior Jelleah Sidney tied her career highs in points (6) and rebounds (7). Her five defensive rebounds were a career best.
Senior Samarie Walker extended her streak of games with at least one steal to 21 games.
Freshman Makayla Epps saw her first action in Kentucky uniform as she played two minutes and recorded two points and a steal.