In a low-scoring game, the University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs defeated the University of Kentucky Wildcats, with a final score of 50-40 at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington. The win improved Georgia’s overall record to 18-9, with a 7-6 record in the conference, while Kentucky’s record fell to 10-15 overall and 2-11 in the SEC.
Despite the loss, the Wildcats put up a strong effort on the court, especially in the fourth quarter. Kentucky trailed Georgia by as much as 15 points at the end of the third quarter, but a 13-2 run in the first six minutes and 23 seconds of the final quarter brought the Wildcats within four points of the Lady Bulldogs. Unfortunately, Georgia responded with an 8-2 run to close out the game and secure the victory.
Blair Green led Kentucky’s scoring effort with 12 points, making three 3-pointers in the process. It was Green’s tenth game of the season with double-digit scoring, and the third time this season that she has led the Wildcats in scoring. Graduate forward Adebola Adeyeye also had a strong game, recording her first double-double as a Wildcat with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Freshman guard Kennedy Cambridge made her first collegiate start and logged a career-high 32 minutes on the court. She tied her career-high for offensive and defensive rebounds, with four each. Sophomore guard Jada Walker scored eight points and added three rebounds, an assist, and a steal. Freshman guard Amiya Jenkins tied a career-high with four rebounds, while junior forward Nyah Leveretter notched seven rebounds and a career-high three assists.
While the Wildcats had a strong rebounding performance, outrebounding the Lady Bulldogs 43-30, and winning in second-chance points 8-6, they struggled with turnovers, committing 16 in the game. Kentucky’s starting combination of Jada Walker, Kennedy Cambridge, Blair Green, Nyah Levereter, and Adebola Adeyeye was used for the first time this season, but the team fell to 0-1 with that starting lineup.
Kentucky will look to bounce back from the loss as they begin a two-game road stretch, starting with a game against Vanderbilt on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. ET in Nashville, Tennessee. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+. Kyra Elzy, in her third season as the head coach of the Wildcats, will hope to lead the team to a strong finish to the season and build momentum heading into the postseason.