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
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
”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
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
”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.