UK women fall to No. 24 North Carolina

The UK women's basketball team dropped to 2-2 with a turnover-plagued loss at No. 24 North Carolina...

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The UK women's basketball team was once again plagued by turnovers, committing 31 Wednesday night en route to a lopsided 102-64 defeat at No. 24 North Carolina.

It was the second straight 30-plus turnover game for Kentucky (2-2).

North Carolina (6-1) jumped out to a 58-19 lead at the half paced by senior Nikki Teasley's 16 points, including three 3-pointers. The Tar Heels forced 22 turnovers, nailed seven treys and held UK leading scorers SeSe Helm and Rita Adams to a combined four points in the opening stanza.

The Cats came out on fire in the second half, going on an 8-0 run to trim the margin to 31 points, but Kentucky could not get any closer. The 45-point total for Kentucky in the second half more than doubled the 19-point tally for the first.

Kentucky freshman Keiko Tate scored a career-high 13 points, followed by Helm and Sara Potts with 12 and 11, respectively. Junior guard Rita Adams dished out a new career-high nine assists.

"North Carolina came out and played well," UK coach Bernadette Mattox said.  "They took advantage of our turnovers. But, I'm pleased with the way we came out in the second half. We came out with fire and I like this team's attitude. They know what they are capable of doing."

Kentucky hasn't allowed 100 points in a game since January 24, 2001, when the Cats gave up 110 to Tennessee.

"They were very athletic," Mattox said. "This was their seventh game and our fourth. We will only continue to get better after playing a game like this."

The Tar Heels had four players in double figures, led by Teasley's 21 points. Candace Sutton and Coretta Brown dropped in 12 points apiece and Nikita Bell followed with 11.

"It was another team effort," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said.  "It was a good balanced scoring attack, and I'm proud of our defense tonight."

UNC shot 54.8 percent (40 of 73) while UK was 24-of-60 for 40 percent.

The Cats return to home to take on the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.

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