Queens, NY (Sports Network) - DeNesha Stallworth posted a double-double as
the second-seed Kentucky Wildcats recovered from a slow start to drop 15th-
seed Navy, 61-41, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Carnesecca
Stallworth had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Samarie Walker added 14 points and
six rebounds and Jennifer O'Neill tallied 12 points and four assists for
Kentucky (28-5). Two-time SEC Player of the Year A'dia Mathies had just five
points and did not record a field goal for the first time in her career.
Kentucky will battle either Dayton or St. John's in the next round.
Jade Geif had nine points and six rebounds and Alix Membreno added nine points
but had seven turnovers to pace Navy (21-12).
It was Navy that clung to a 26-25 lead at halftime after hitting five shots
from beyond the arc while shooting 38.5 percent from the field. The Wildcats
shot at just a 31.3 percent clip and made good on 2-of-6 from 3-point range.
After the break the Wildcats got into a bit of a rhythm on offense, shooting
46.4 percent from the floor, but it was their effort on defense that allowed
them to pull away. Navy was held to just five field goals on 23.8 percent
shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Kentucky dominated the interior and had a 34-10 edge on points in the paint
and a 43-30 advantage on the boards. Navy was guilt of a game-high 25
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