GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rhyne Howard had 22 points after a slow start, Chasity Patterson added a career-high 20 and No. 14 Kentucky pulled away in the second half to defeat Florida 65-45 on Sunday.
Howard, who hit seven 3-pointers in each of the last two games and scored a total of 80 points, including a school-record tying 43, was 0 of 1 from 3-point range and ended a streak of five straight games with 25 points.
Kentucky (14-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) shot 26.5% in the first half, with Howard scoring four points and only led 28-23. The Wildcats turned 11 Florida turnovers into 12 points.
Howard scored seven straight Kentucky points in the third period, but the Wildcats only bumped the lead to 42-34. Howard had a nine-point run in the first half of the fourth quarter and 11 points overall as Kentucky pulled away.
Howard was 7 of 10 for 18 points in the second half.
Kentucky struggled on offense, shooting 31%, more than 10% below its average. The Wildcats went 6 of 24 from 3-point range when they usually shoot 39% and had a school-record 16 in their last game.
Kiara Smith had 16 points for the Gators (11-6, 2-2), but freshman Lavender Briggs was held to two points, ending her streak of double-figure games at 14. Florida had 25 turnovers, losing 31 points.
NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 75, WAKE FOREST 61
LOUISVILLE — Dana Evans scored 20 points, Jazmine Jones scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and No. 7 Louisville topped Wake Forest 75-61 on Sunday for its eighth consecutive victory.
The Cardinals (16-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) never trailed after the early minutes and built a 19-point lead just after halftime with behind a 14-0 run over the second and third quarters. Louisville needed that cushion as the Demon Deacons closed to 51-44 late in the third and entered the fourth down 55-47.
Three layups by Jones sandwiched around one by Evans put Louisville up by 14 with just six minutes left. Jones added two free throws and another layup while Evans scored the Cardinals' final five points.
Kylee Shook had 12 points and eight rebounds and Elizabeth Balogun scored 10 for the Cardinals. Louisville scored 28 points off 18 Wake turnovers, including 21-0 before halftime, to improve to 6-0 all-time against the Demon Deacons.
Ivana Raca had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Christina Morra had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (10-6, 3-2). Wake Forest had won three straight and entered in a four-way tie for second behind Louisville in the ACC standings.
Wake Forest: Raca, who scored a career-best 24 points against Clemson, posted her third consecutive double-double. The Demon Deacons controlled the boards 42-32 but were outscored 46-28 in the paint and struggled to protect the ball.
Louisville: The Cardinals' recent pattern in league play of scraping by at home following lopsided road wins ended with a double-digit victory. But it took some work and defense was key. They turned frequently turned Wake Forest over and took advantage on the other end.
Louisville could move up following top-ranked UConn's loss to No. 6 Baylor, which figures to reshuffle the top 10.
Wake Forest hosts Virginia on Thursday night.
Louisville begins a two-game road stretch Thursday night at Boston College.