LEXINGTON, Ky. – Senior Makenzie Cann scored 10 points, but the Kentucky women’s basketball team could not overcome a poor shooting day, as the Wildcats fell to Georgia 56-42 on Sunday at Memorial Coliseum.
Kentucky (8-9, 0-3 SEC) was able to hit just 11 of 54 (20.4 percent) from the field. Georgia also struggled shooting, hitting just 15 of 54 (27.8 percent) of its field goals. The Bulldogs converted 22 of their 26 free throw attempts, while the Wildcats were 17 of 23 from the line.
Junior Maci Morris had nine points in the game, while Jaida Roper had eight points before fouling out of the game.
The Wildcats held an 18-14 advantage in bench points in the game. Kentucky forced Georgia into 18 turnovers and turned those into 12 points.
The game was tight early, with the lead changing hands five times in the first six minutes. Kentucky held a 10-8 lead with 4:01 left in the first quarter, but Georgia scored the final seven points of the period and led 15-10 after the first 10 minutes.
Kentucky started the second quarter with a 7-2 run to tie the game at 17 apiece. From there, the game would be tied four times before the end of the half. With 22 seconds remaining the half, Georgia’s Mackenzie Engram scored on a layup to give the Bulldogs a 26-24 lead, an advantage that Georgia took to the locker room at the half.
In the third quarter, Kentucky grabbed the lead as freshman KeKe McKinney nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key. But the lead lasted only 40 seconds, as Engram hit a three from the corner to give the Bulldogs a 29-27 lead. Both teams struggled from the field, as Georgia made two of its 18 shots in the period, while Kentucky made just one of 11. But the Bulldogs made four of six from the free throw line to take a 35-29 lead at the end of three periods.
Georgia went on a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter, establishing a 13-point lead in the process. The Bulldogs would lead by as many as 15
Kentucky returns to action on Thursday, as the Wildcats visit Florida. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.
KENTUCKY WBB POSTGAME NOTES
Kentucky vs. Georgia
Memorial Coliseum – Lexington, Ky.
Jan. 7, 2018
FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 42, Georgia 56
Team Records and Series Notes
– Kentucky falls to 8-9 overall, including an 0-3 record in Southeastern Conference play this season, while Georgia is 14-2, 2-1 SEC.
– Matthew Mitchell is in his 11th season as head coach at Kentucky. He is the winningest head coach in program history at 249-109.
– Georgia leads the all-time series 37-18, including a 14-10 edge in games played in Lexington.
o The loss snapped a four-game win streak against the Bulldogs.
– Kentucky will continue SEC action Thursday, Jan. 11, traveling to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Florida Gators. The game will be shown live on SEC Network+ and will be broadcast on the UK Sports Radio Network with Darren Headrick calling the action.
– Kentucky used the starting combination of senior Alyssa Rice, senior Makenzie Cann, junior Taylor Murray, junior Maci Morris and freshman Dorie Harrison.
o UK is 6-2 with that starting-five combination.
– The Wildcats had a 10-8 lead with 4:01 left in the first quarter, but Georgia ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 15-10 lead.
– UK outscored the Bulldogs 14-11 in the second stanza to cut the deficit to two (26-24) heading into halftime.
– The first half alone saw 10 lead changes and seven ties.
– Both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm out of halftime, as UK shot just 1-of-11 (.091) and Georgia shot 2-of18 (.111) in the third quarter.
– The Bulldogs pulled away in the final quarter, outscoring UK 21-13 in the final period.
– UK’s 42 points marked its lowest scoring effort of the season.
– Kentucky shot a season-low 20.4 percent (11-54) from the field.
– The Wildcats bench outscored Georgia’s, 18-14.
– Makenzie Cann scored a team-high 10 points to go with five rebounds in the contest.
o The senior has scored in double digits in back-to-back contests.
o Cann is shooting 6-of-14 (.429) from beyond the arc in the last two games.
– Maci Morris added nine points for the Wildcats, playing limited minutes.
– Dorie Harrison led UK on the boards with nine rebounds.