The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team overwhelmed Wagner 96-57 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 2-0.
The Wildcats, ranked No. 7 in the nation, were taking on a Seahawks squad that finished 3-26 last season and was playing its season opener at home Sunday in Staten Island, N.Y.
Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth led Kentucky with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bria Goss and Jennifer O'Neill also scored in double figures with 17 and 11 points, respectively. Jasmine Nwajei led Wagner with 19 points.
Kentucky scored 34 points off 29 Wagner turnovers. The Wildcats committed 19 turnovers.
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Wagner surprised Kentucky with a 5-0 surge to open the game, but the Wildcats quickly righted things, taking the lead for good at 10-7. By halftime, Kentucky was in full command at 50-27, led by 7-for-13 shooting from three-point range. O’Neill came off the bench to make three of the long balls.
The Cats finished the game 7-for-17 from three-point range and 35-for-71 from the field overall (49.3 percent). Wagner was 22-for-57 from the field (38.6 percent) and made four of 14 three-point attempts.
Kentucky, which won its season opener at Marist on Friday night, returns to action Wednesday. The Wildcats will host Georgia Southern in their home opener in Memorial Coliseum at 11 a.m.