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Kentucky Women Roll Over Gators 65-45


Kentucky guard Chasity Patterson (UK Athletics Photo)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Rhyne Howard scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half as the 14th-ranked Kentucky women's team beat Florida 65-45 on Sunday at the O'Connell Center.


For Howard, it was her sixth straight game with 20 points or better. The sophomore entered Sunday's game as the top scorer in the SEC and the third-leading scorer in the country. She came up just short of her 23.9 points per game average on Sunday.


Junior transfer Chasity Patterson -- who was the top ranked point guard in the class of 2017 according to ESPN.com and the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year at Texas -- scored a career-high 20 points for the Cats, adding five rebounds and two assists in the process. Senior Sabrina Haines added 12 for the UK.


Kentucky (14-2, 3-1 SEC) dominated the turnover battle against Florida (11-6, 2-2). The Cats forced 25 turnovers and converted those into 31 points. Meanwhile, Kentucky only turned the ball over six times, leading to five Florida points. The Cats also held a 15-5 edge in fast break points and a 13-5 advantage in second-chance points.


The Wildcats had a 28-23 lead at the halftime.


UK returns to action on Thursday, hosting No. 10 Texas A&M at Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.