DeNesha Stallworth scored 21 points and Janee Thompson added a career-high 17 to help No. 7 Kentucky pull away for a 96-74 victory over Central Michigan on Sunday.
Stallworth scored 11 in the second half with help from 5-foot-7 sophomore guard Thompson, who added seven of her 11 points after intermission. A 19-7 Kentucky scoring spurt coming out of the break provided a cushion as the Chippewas fought back to make it interesting, getting within 80-68 on Jewel Cotton's third straight basket with 5:53 remaining.
Stallworth took over from there for Kentucky, scoring six points down the stretch to create some distance from CMU. Kastine Evans added 13 points, Jennifer O'Neill 11 and Samarie Walker and Azia Bishop 10 each for the Wildcats (4-0).
Crystal Bradford scored a game-high 23 points for Central Michigan (1-1) before fouling out with 2:35 left.