LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Wildcats hit just 37 percent of their shots from the field but had more than enough to overwhelm the Eckerd College Tritons, 83-35, in a women’s basketball exhibition game Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.
The Wildcats connected on just 30 of 81 from the outside — including 4 of 27 from 3-point range — and were just 19 of 30 at the free throw line.
“Sometimes you line up and do your best to shoot the basketball, and it doesn’t go in,” UK coach Matthew Mitchell said. “It was a tough shooting day. Everybody can see it was not our best shooting day.
“We have shot the ball really well in the preseason, so it is not something that I am too terribly concerned about.
“We will look at the film and see if we were doing things correctly to produce the right shots. I think we will have better shooting days than we had today.”
Defense was a different story for the Wildcats, however, as they forced 41 Eckerd turnovers.
Guard Rana Thomas and Victoria Vine turned the ball over nine times each for the Tritons, and Kayla Bowlin and Ivana Grbic had eight turnovers each.
“Defensively we tried to do some things that we have worked really, really hard on,” Mitchell said.
Eckerd is a Division II school in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Senior forward DeNesha Stallworth led the Kentucky attack with 17 points and six rebounds.
“It was an efficient day for her with 17 points in 22 minutes,” Mitchell said of Stallworth.
Senior forward Samarie Walker added 12 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Freshman swing player Makayla Epps had 10 points and three rebounds.
Senior guard Kastine Evans led the Wildcats in assists with six.
A dozen Wildcats scored in the game, and UK held a 55-35 advantage in rebounds.
Liga Vente led Eckerd with 13 points and was the only Eckerd player in double figures.
The Tritons shot just 26 percent for the game.
Kentucky goes on a two-game road swing to start the regular season this weekend, playing at Marist Friday and at Wagner Sunday.
The Wildcats return home to face Georgia Southern Nov. 13.