The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team fell to the Georgia Lady Bulldogs 64-60 in a tough road matchup at Stegeman Coliseum. The Wildcats, now 8-7 overall and 0-3 in the league, were led by guard Jada Walker’s 20 points, while forward Robyn Benton added 12 points and reached the milestone of 1,000 career points.
Despite a strong start for Kentucky, with Walker hitting a three-pointer to take an early lead and the team going on a 9-0 run, the Lady Bulldogs fought back and ended the first quarter trailing by just six points. The second quarter was a back-and-forth battle, with Georgia going on a 7-0 run before Kentucky responded with an 11-1 run of its own. The Lady Bulldogs managed to narrow the deficit to just six points by halftime, setting the stage for a closely contested second half.
Georgia took its first lead since the opening minutes of the game in the third quarter, going on a 13-2 run and taking a 38-37 lead at the 2:51 mark. Kentucky responded with a strong finish to the quarter, scoring 10 unanswered points to take a 47-41 lead heading into the final period. The Lady Bulldogs opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run to tie the game at 51-51, and took the lead for good with a three-pointer and layup to make it 56-51.
Despite a late surge from the Wildcats, including a three-pointer and four free throws from Maddie Scherr to tie the game at 58-58 with one minute remaining, Georgia hit a crucial three-pointer on its next possession and Kentucky was unable to respond on the other end. The Lady Bulldogs held on for the 64-60 win, improving their record to 12-5 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Up next for Kentucky is a home matchup against No. 7/6 LSU on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. ET inside Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. It will be the program’s annual Alumni Day. The Wildcats will look to get back in the win column and even their league record as they face off against a tough LSU squad.