POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) - Kastine Evans scored 15 points and No. 7 Kentucky used a balanced offense to beat Marist 75-61 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
The Wildcats (1-0) got all they could handle from the pesky Red Foxes, who have knocked off their share of top teams in the NCAA tournament over the past few years.
After trailing early on as Marist (0-1) was bolstered by a raucous sellout crowd, the Wildcats built a 17-point lead in the second half.
Just as Kentucky looked as if it was going to take control, the Red Foxes rallied scoring 11 straight to cut their deficit to 50-44 midway through the second half. They had a chance to cut it further, but a 3-pointer by Leanne Ockenden, who led the team with 16 points, rimmed out.
Kentucky then scored 12 of the next 16 points.