Three former UK women's standouts sign to play in Europe

August 29, 2014 

Recent University of Kentucky women's basketball graduates Kastine Evans, DeNesha Stallworth and Samarie Walker have signed professional contracts to continue their playing careers overseas, UK announced Friday.

Evans, a native of Salem, Conn., will play for the Leicester Riders in Leicester, England, and will also work on a master's degree in applied finance and banking at Loughborough University. She will leave for the United Kingdom on Saturday.

Stallworth, from Richmond, Calif., has signed to play with Universitario de Ferrol in Valencia, Spain, and will leave on Monday.

Walker, from West Carrollton, Ohio, is set to play for Stadium Casablanca in Zaragoza, Spain, and will leave the country Saturday.

Evans played in 139 career games — No. 2 on UK's all-time list — and finished with 766 career points, averaging a career-best 8.2 points per game as a senior. She graduated in May with a degree in business management with a minor in African-American studies.

Stallworth, who spent two seasons at Kentucky after two at California, finished her career with 1,740 points (812 at UK), 871 rebounds (417 at UK) and 15 double-doubles. She graduated in December 2013 with a degree in family sciences and a minor in African-American Studies.

Stallworth was the 25th overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun. She was UK's fourth WNBA draft pick in program history.

Walker transferred to Kentucky in 2010 after playing one semester at Connecticut. She played in 96 games for the Wildcats with 80 consecutive starts and ranks fifth on UK's career list with 20 double-doubles, third in rebounding average (8.1) and seventh in blocked shots (96). Walker graduated in May 2013 with a degree in merchandising, apparel and textiles.

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