Georgia 69, No. 19 Kentucky 51

Although Georgia is unranked, its record against Top 25 teams

may be a sign the Lady Bulldogs could make an impact in the

postseason.

Meredith Mitchell scored 16 points and Georgia rolled past No.

19 Kentucky 69-51 on Thursday night to remain in second place in

the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia, which fell out of the Top 25 after splitting two games

last week, is 3-0 against ranked teams this season, including two

wins against Kentucky and one against Arkansas.

A tougher test is coming: The Lady Bulldogs play at No. 4

Tennessee on Monday.

Georgia (20-6, 10-3) kept its lead in double figures over

cold-shooting Kentucky through the second half. The Wildcats came

no closer than 13 points after the break.

”I think that probably was one of our best games this year,”

said Porsha Phillips, who had 14 points, 16 rebounds and five

blocks. I think we played great defense.”

The Lady Bulldogs also maintained their composure against

Kentucky’s press.

”They love to turn you over, and when they do they’ve very good

in transition,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said. ”We didn’t turn

it over very much against their press. In fact, we turned their

press into points.”

Georgia reached 20 wins for the 26th times in Landers’ 32

seasons.

Jasmine James also had 14 points as each Georgia starter scored

in double figures. Jasmine Hassell had 13 points and 11 rebounds

and Khaalidah Miller had 10 points.

Kentucky (19-7, 8-5) has lost three of four.

”Georgia was more physical all night long,” Wildcats coach

Matthew Mitchell said. ”We played poorly. We were forced to play

poorly by a very tough and super-prepared Georgia team. They mixed

it up physically all game and we just didn’t respond to it well.

Georgia just whipped us in all phases tonight.”

James said Landers stressed defense in practice this week.

”We’ve been totally about that this past week,” James said.

”Instead of just defending teams, we’re actually trying to disrupt

teams. I feel like we did a good job with that.”

Kentucky senior Victoria Dunlap, the SEC’s leading scorer, had

14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Bernisha Pinkett scored 12

points but made only 4 of 13 shots.

Kentucky averages 72.6 points per game, third in the SEC, but

finished below that mark for the fifth straight game. The Wildcats

shot a season-low 28.1 percent, making 18 of 64 shots from the

field.

”I think a lot of it is when we got down, Georgia got physical

with us and made it tough on us to score,” Mitchell said. ”We

kind of just moved the ball around the perimeter and jacked up 3s

instead of looking inside. … The way I see it, we just didn’t

make very good decisions tonight.”

The Wildcats made only 2 of 23 3-pointers, matching their season

low for 3-pointers made and season high for attempts.

Kentucky’s A’dia Mathies had to leave the game for about 5

minutes in the second half after she was hit on her jaw by Ronika

Ransford’s shoulder midway through the second half. Mathies

remained face-down on the court for a couple minutes and Mitchell

sent in a substitute, Crystal Riley, to shoot the free throws.