TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Rhyne Howard scored 23 points with four 3-pointers, Maci Morris added 17 points and No. 17 Kentucky beat Alabama 68-53 on Monday night.
Howard, averaging 16.5 points and 6.8 rebounds, scored 20-plus for the eighth time this season while becoming just the fourth UK player to reach 400 points in her freshman season. Morris is five points shy of moving into sixth in career scoring at UK.
Tatyana Wyatt chipped in with 10 points for Kentucky (20-5, 7-4 Southeastern Conference). The Wildcats have won seven straight games against the Crimson Tide, including five straight in Tuscaloosa.
Howard scored 10 of Kentucky's first 13 points of the second quarter as the Wildcats took an 11-point lead. Her basket midway through the third quarter, part of a 13-0 run, put Kentucky ahead double-figures for the rest of the game.
Kentucky forced Alabama into 24 turnovers, scoring 20 points off those miscues.
Megan Abrams scored 16 points and Jasmine Walker had 12 points and 15 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season for Alabama (11-13, 3-8). Alabama has lost five of its last six games. Cierra Johnson, averaging 14.6 points, was held to four points in 19 minutes.
UC Riverside coach resigns amid abuse probe
John Margaritis resigned as UC Riverside's women's basketball coach on Saturday as the school was set to start a second investigation into allegations of verbal and emotional abuse toward student athletes by him.
Staley gearing up for minicamp, FIBA tournament
While she won't have many of the players expected to be on the roster for next summer's Olympics due to the ongoing WNBA playoffs, Dawn Staley is preparing to coach the U.S. women's national team in the FIBA AmeriCup in Puerto Rico.
Riverside coach on leave amid 2nd investigation
UC Riverside has placed women's basketball coach John Margaritis on leave amid a second investigation into allegations of verbal and emotional abuse toward student-athletes. The Press-Enterprise reported that the leave is without pay.