High-scoring UK women set for noon start Wednesday

Herald-Leader Staff ReportNovember 26, 2013 

  • Lineups

    BRADLEY

    Starters: Michelle Young, 5-9, Jr., G (19.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg); Kelsey Budd, 5-9, Sr., G (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 apg); Catie O'Leary, 5-10, Sr., G (9.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.6 apg); Kelly Frings, 6-1, Sr., F (10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Alyson Spinas Valainis, 6-3, Sr., C (9.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

    Key reserves: Jenny Smith, 6-1, So., G (6.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg); Fantasia Vine, 5-7, So. G (2.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

    KENTUCKY

    Starters: Bria Goss, 5-10, Jr., G (11.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg); Kastine Evans, 5-9, Sr. (13.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg); Janee Thompson, 5-6, So., PG; (9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.2 apg); Samarie Walker, 6-1, Sr., F (9.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg); DeNesha Stallworth, 6-3, Sr., F (13.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 spg)

    Key reserves: Jennifer O'Neill, 5-6, Jr., G (10.5 ppg, 2.8 apg); Azia Bishop, 6-3, Jr., F (6.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Linnae Harper, 5-8, Fr., G (6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg); Makayla Epps, 5-10, Fr., G (3.6 ppg, 2.0 apg); Bernisha Pinkett, 5-7, Sr., G (7.8 ppg); Jalleah Sydney, 6-2, Jr. (2.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

  • Wednesday

    Bradley at No. 7 Kentucky

    When: Noon TV: None

    Radio: WLAP-AM 630

    Records: Bradley 2-3, UK 6-0

    Series: Kentucky leads 2-0

    Last meeting: Kentucky won 78-49 on Dec. 28, 1992 at Peoria, Ill.

The Kentucky women's basketball team will be gunning for its third 7-0 start under Coach Matthew Mitchell when the Wildcats host Bradley on Wednesday afternoon.

With the Cats averaging 95 points a game — third-most in the nation — "gunning" is an appropriate description. Only Oregon (99.3) and Baylor (96.5) are putting up more points than the Cats.

The Cats are riding a 16-game winning streak over non-conference opponents after a hard-fought victory Sunday at Middle Tennessee.

Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth leads Kentucky's balanced scoring attack, averaging 13.8 points, while shooting a team-best 62.7 percent from the field.

Senior guard Kastine Evans is right behind with 13.2 points a game. She ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and eighth in the nation in three-point shooting percentage at 60.0 (12-for-20).

Junior guard Bria Goss and junior point guard Jennifer O'Neill also are averaging in double figures at 11.7 and 10.5, respectively.

Senior center Samarie Walker is the team's leading rebounder with 9.7 a game.

Bradley (2-3) enters Wednesday's game with wins over Illinois (98-92) and Southeast Missouri State (72-68) and losses to Stony Brook (83-79), South Florida (87-63) and Northern Illinois (63-60).

Junior guard Michelle Young leads Bradley at 19.4 points a game.


Wednesday

Bradley at No. 7 Kentucky

When: Noon TV: None

Radio: WLAP-AM 630

Records: Bradley 2-3, UK 6-0

Series: Kentucky leads 2-0

Last meeting: Kentucky won 78-49 on Dec. 28, 1992 at Peoria, Ill.


Lineups

BRADLEY

Starters: Michelle Young, 5-9, Jr., G (19.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg); Kelsey Budd, 5-9, Sr., G (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 apg); Catie O'Leary, 5-10, Sr., G (9.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.6 apg); Kelly Frings, 6-1, Sr., F (10.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg); Alyson Spinas Valainis, 6-3, Sr., C (9.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

Key reserves: Jenny Smith, 6-1, So., G (6.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg); Fantasia Vine, 5-7, So. G (2.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

KENTUCKY

Starters: Bria Goss, 5-10, Jr., G (11.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.5 apg); Kastine Evans, 5-9, Sr. (13.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg); Janee Thompson, 5-6, So., PG; (9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.2 apg); Samarie Walker, 6-1, Sr., F (9.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg); DeNesha Stallworth, 6-3, Sr., F (13.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 spg)

Key reserves: Jennifer O'Neill, 5-6, Jr., G (10.5 ppg, 2.8 apg); Azia Bishop, 6-3, Jr., F (6.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg); Linnae Harper, 5-8, Fr., G (6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg); Makayla Epps, 5-10, Fr., G (3.6 ppg, 2.0 apg); Bernisha Pinkett, 5-7, Sr., G (7.8 ppg); Jalleah Sydney, 6-2, Jr. (2.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

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