Georgia 69, No. 19 Kentucky 51

No. 19 Kentucky (19-6, 8-4 SEC) at Georgia (19-6, 9-3)

  • The loss is the worst for UK in SEC play this season. They made only two of their 23 attempts from long range.
  • Crystal Riley just ended UK’s three-point shooting drought with a made one with 5:33 to play. Kentucky needs to hit many more to catch up trailing 55-42 with 5:33 left.
  • Kentucky can’t hit a three-pointer, missing all but one of its 19 tries so far. The Cats trail 54-39 with 7:08 to play.
  • Georgia has a 47-32 lead and the ball. UK has gotten as close as 13 points on a Snowden floater in the lane.
  • UK trails 45-28 with 15:20 to go in the game. If it loses at this clip, it will be the Cats’ largest loss in the SEC this season.
  • HALFTIME: GEORGIA 38, KENTUCKY 22: It looked like the Cats were going to recover and get the game to single digits before the break when they cut it to 33-22, but Georgia was having none of that and grabbed its biggest lead of the game at the end of the half with a five-point flurry.
  • UGA scores 10 in a row, which helps them to a 30-16 lead with 4:53 to go in the first half.
  • Cats have turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 11 times. Many have been on travels and three-second violations that Mitchell disagreed with.
  • Dunlap misses a big bunny and Georgia scores five unanswered in transition to grab a 23-14 lead with 8:03 to play. A disgusted Mitchell calls a timeout.
  • Already eight turnovers in six minutes between the two teams and UK trails 14-8. Jasmine James leads the Bulldogs with six points.
  • Cats trailing 16-12 with 11:49 to play. The seven turnovers have hurt so far. Dunlap just grabbed her first points on a putback.

Notes:

Live here at Stegeman Coliseum for a clash between two of the top three teams in the Southeastern Conference. With just four games left, the Cats are tied with Vanderbilt for No. 3 in the current standings just behind Georgia. When the two teams met in Lexington in early January, UGA pulled one out 61-59.

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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