GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — 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.