Since entering conference play, the Cats have been fighting to get over the .500 hump and post a winning record in the SEC. Sunday’s game versus the Georgia Lady Bulldogs presented an opportunity to do just that.
With one of the larger crowds in Memorial this season (announced attendance 5,608, 2nd largest of the season in this building), the Cats came out in the opening stanza doing everything correctly it seemed. Evelyn Akhator, the constant double-double threat, had 10 points and 5 boards during the first quarter, but all the Cats needed to stay on top of the Bulldogs was Epps’ 5 points. Georgia couldn’t find the hoop with a map, shooting a paltry 14.4%, and committing more fouls (6) than they had points (4).
The Bulldogs did somewhat better offensively in the 2nd quarter (10 points), but the team that held #5 South Carolina to their 2nd-lowest point total of the season, had no answer for the Cats, who finished the half shooting 58.6% from the field. The only knock against the Cats in the first half might have been their free throw shooting, with the Cats only scoring on 60% of their attempts.
Of course, Georgia didn’t go down without a fight, and they rallied to have a pretty solid 3rd quarter scoring 26 points to the Cats’ 21. But it wasn’t enough to make more than a tiny dent in Kentucky’s lead. The fourth quarter was rather mundane and the game ended with the Cats on top, 82-61.
I could tell you about Evelyn Akhator getting yet another double-double. I could also tell you that Mackenzie Cann seemed to break out of her “mini-slump” a bit during this game. I could detail the steady work that was done by Makayla Epps and Taylor Murray. All of those things would be relevant to today’s game, and you will see all those stats on any number of websites. But what I’d rather tell you about are 3 things that made today unique.
Next game: Thursday night at LSU
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