The Kentucky Wildcats will hit the road to face the Georgia Lady Bulldogs in Stegeman Coliseum on Thursday, January 5th at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network, with Eric Frede and Tamika Catchings on the call, and Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com and live stats can be found at KentuckyStats.com.
This will be the 61st meeting between the two teams, with Kentucky having won eight of the last 10 matchups, including four of the last five and the last four in Stegeman Coliseum. The Wildcats are currently 8-6 overall and 0-2 in the SEC, still searching for their first conference win after losing to Missouri on the road 74-71 and suffering a defeat at home to No. 24/23 Arkansas 71-50 without leading scorer Robyn Benton.
On the season, Kentucky is shooting 41.3% from the floor and averaging 71.3 points per game. Benton leads the team with 16.5 points per game and is just three points away from becoming the 36th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Jada Walker is averaging 13.3 points per game, and the Wildcats are holding opponents to 40.8% shooting and 65.5 points per game. Kentucky has been disruptive on defense, leading the league in turnovers forced per game at 22.6, and scoring more than 32% of their points off turnovers. Three Wildcats are also ranked in the top five in the SEC in steals per game, with Walker leading the league at 2.57, Benton in second at 2.15, and Maddie Scherr in fourth at 2.14.
Georgia has an 11-5 overall record, including a 7-2 mark in Stegeman Coliseum and a 0-2 record in the SEC. The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a loss to No. 1/1 South Carolina 68-51 at home, despite leading the Gamecocks for the majority of the game. Two Georgia players are averaging at least 10 points per game in Diamond Battles (13.3) and Brittney Smith (11.3). As a team, the Lady Bulldogs are shooting 43.5% and scoring 67.0 points per game, while holding opponents to under 38.0% shooting and 55.6 points per game. Georgia is also forcing opponents to commit more than 20.0 turnovers per game, ranking fourth in the league in that category.