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#11 Kentucky rallies past Georgia to finish season with win

March 3, 2019
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Tatyana Wyatt and her season high 17 points lead the 11th ranked Wildcat women’s basketball team past Georgia 56-51 Sunday afternoon in Athens. This win earned Kentucky a 4th seed and a double bye in the SEC Tournament which starts Wednesday.

While playing without KeKe McKinney, Kentucky struggled from the field most of the game against the Bulldogs, hitting only 21 of 56 shots (37.5%), but they did hit six of thirteen (46.2%) from behind the arc. We saw our three leading scorers struggle as well: Rhyne Howard hit just three of nine shots for seven points, although she grabbed nine rebounds. Maci Morris was two of ten from the field for six points. Taylor Murray made one of two for three points, she added six assists and six rebounds. Kentucky did get help from other contributors in this win: Amanda Paschal, who took place of KeKe McKinney, scored eight points. Jaida Roper also had eight for the Cats and Blair Green had five. The difference maker of this game: Kentucky hitting eight of sixteen from the floor, outscoring Georgia 23-14.

1st half

Kentucky gets on the board first, on a layup by Wyatt, but the Bulldogs answered with seven straight points, keyed by three consecutive steals. Kentucky would fight back to tie the game at 9-9 and 11-11.Georgia scored the last two points of the quarter to lead 13-11. Kentucky scored the first four points to take the 15-13 lead. Georgia would then tie the game at 15-15 and 17-17 before Blair hit a three pointer to give Kentucky their biggest lead of 20-17. But like always Georgia had an answer, scoring seven straight to take back the lead 24-20. The Bulldogs led 26-23 going into the half.

2nd half

Georgia maintained a small advantage early in the third quarter before Kentucky rallied to tie the game 31-31 on a basket by Ogechi Anyagaligbo. But Georgia closed the quarter with an 8-3 run to lead 39-34. Kentucky would get their offense going early in the fourth quarter, going on a 9-0 run to turn a five point deficit into a four point lead, 43-39. Kentucky would lead by five, but Georgia would mount a 6-2 run to get within one. Kentucky got a three pointer from Rhyne Howard and Georgia would also get a three of their own from Taja Cole, and Kentucky another three from Jaida Roper to give Kentucky a 55-51 lead. Georgia cut the lead to two before Morris hit a pair of clutch free throws. Georgia would attempt a three but missed, Wyatt rebounded and fouled. She made one of two  free throws to seal the 58-53 victory for the Wildcats.

Kentucky returns to action on Friday against an opponent to be determined in the SEC Tournament. Tip-off is around 2:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the SEC Network.

 
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