Published December 30, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jennifer O'Neill scored a career-high 21 points, and No. 7 Kentucky pulled away to beat Marist 78-56 on Sunday for its 11th straight victory.
DeNesha Stallworth also had 21 points for the Wildcats (12-1), who came out sluggish after Friday's 90-23 rout of Alcorn State in which they set a school record for fewest points allowed. Kentucky trailed just twice early on but didn't gain its usual comfortable lead until late in the game.
O'Neill's play on both ends helped wear down Marist. The sophomore guard shot 7 of 11, including 4 of 7 on 3-point attempts, to easily surpass her previous best of 13 points. O'Neill also set career highs with four steals and four 3-pointers.
Kentucky scored 35 points off 27 Marist turnovers.
Elizabeth Beynnon had 15 points for the Red Foxes (5-6), who fell to 1-17 against ranked opponents.