Walker & Stallworth formidable tandem

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The off-court friendship between Kentucky forward Samarie Walker and center DeNesha Stallworth has translated to strong on-court chemistry.

Their cohesion has given the No. 7 Wildcats (10-1) a formidable inside tandem and helped them forge a nine-game winning streak entering Friday night's game against Alcorn State (0-8). Things have taken off the past four contests with Stallworth averaging 15.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while Walker has contributed 11.5 and 8.3 respectively.

Their breakout game was a blowout of DePaul in which they combined for 35 points and 23 rebounds. Kentucky has also beaten Middle Tennessee and swept Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara last week in California, with each scoring 12 points while combining for 17 rebounds in that last game.

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