Seventh-ranked Kentucky throttles Georgia Southern 103-38
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Bernisha Pinkett's first 3-pointer reminded her that the shot was still there, just requiring more confidence in launching it. Judging from the 3s that followed, the Kentucky senior reserve guard appears to have found comfort zone.
Pinkett scored 19 points, leading six Wildcats in double figures as No. 7 Kentucky rolled to a 103-38 rout of Georgia Southern on Wednesday.
The 65-point margin ranks seventh all-time in Kentucky history; Kentucky's record for points and margin is a 121-44 throttling of Kentucky State on Nov. 24, 1989.
Pinkett posted her highest total since scoring 21 last Nov. 28 against Miami (Ohio).
''It felt pretty good,'' Pinkett said, who made 3 of 4 from 3-point range and 7 of 9 overall. ''I hadn't been knocking down shots like I have been in the past, and coach (Matthew) Mitchell always had faith in me in the end as a shooter.
Playing the morning home opener before about 2,000 enthusiastic sixth graders, the Wildcats (3-0) followed Sunday's 39-point win against Wagner with a 54-point second half against the overpowered Eagles (0-2).
Kentucky thrived on both ends, forcing 35 turnovers and shooting 51 percent to win its first meeting against the Southern Conference member.
Starting guard Kastine Evans added 15 points, DeNesha Stallworth and Linnae Harper each had 13, Samarie Walker added 12 and Azia Bishop had 10 with a team-high 12 rebounds.
Guard Angel McGowan shook off a second-half ankle injury to score 10 points for Georgia Southern, which shot just 26 percent.
No. 16 Texas A&M 76, Praire Valley A&M 27
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Karla Gilbert led No. 16 Texas A&M with 15 points in a 76-27 romp against Prairie View A&M on Wednesday night.
The Aggies (2-0) led the Panthers 38-10 at halftime. The 27 points for the Panthers were the fewest scored against Texas A&M since Louisiana Tech managed just 26 in a December 2012 game.
The Aggies made 34 of 64 shots for 53.1 percent compared to the Panthers' 10 of 51 for 19.6 percent. The Panthers put up 16 3-point attempts, making only three. The Aggies made one 3-pointer, but only tried seven.
Joining Gilbert in double figures for the Aggies were Courtney Walker and Achiri Ade with 11 points each.
The Panthers (0-2) didn't have a player score in double figures. Jeanette Jackson, who scored 32 points in the Panthers' opener against Rice, was 0 for 14, finishing with one point before fouling out. The Panthers committed 30 turnovers.
No. 18 Purdue 76, IUPUI 56
INDIANAPOLIS -- KK Houser scored 20 points and led Purdue to a 76-56 victory against IUPUI on Wednesday night.
Houser was 5 of 7 from the floor, hit 2 of 3 from 3-point range and 8 of 10 free throws for the Boilermakers (2-0). She also had four steals and two assists. Teammate Courtney Moses had 13 points, two steals and one assist. Whitney Bays came off the bench to score 13 points with four rebounds, two steals and one assist. The Boilermakers hit 82 percent of their free throws.
Purdue led 32-26 at the half and were able to open up a 16-point lead by holding IUPUI (1-1) scoreless for the first seven minutes of the second half.
Katie Comello came off the bench to lead the Jaguars with 11 points and three assists. Starting forward Akilah Sims had 11 points, two rebounds and one assist.
No. 22 Iowa State, South Dakota
AMES, Iowa -- No. 22 Iowa State (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) downed the South Dakota Coyotes 88-72 (1-2, 0-0 MVC) in front of 9,628 Cyclone fans. Senior Hallie Christofferson led Iowa State with 25 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games.
With Iowa State clinging to a one-point lead, 57-56, South Dakota’s Raeshel Contreras received a technical foul, giving the Cyclones two shots. Iowa State would capitalize, hitting both free throws sparking a 21-3 run with 8:41 left in the game. The run was the largest of the game for both teams, featuring scoring from four different Cyclones.
Hallie Christofferson notched her second-consecutive double-double, the 13th of her career.