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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.

Evelyn Akhator records another double-double vs UGA
Photo: Britney Howard/UK Athletics

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.

  1. The crowd in Memorial.  As I already noted, this was the second largest crowd in Memorial this season, but in my opinion, they were the loudest and most enthusiastic I’ve heard in quite some time.   It didn’t matter that Kentucky had a 30-point lead at the half; the crowd kept up the energy and volume the entire game.  Coach Mitchell clearly appreciated this as he interrupted the band as they were playing the fight song after the game ended, and thanked all the fans for their support.
  2. Alumni Day.  Former lady Wildcats were in attendance and were recognized at halftime.  There were many years represented and the fans appreciated seeing the former players.  While the current era is the most successful in the program’s history, it is always great to honor those that came before and thank them for their contributions.
  3. We Back Pat.  Kentucky players were wearing black “We Back Pat” t-shirts while warming up today.  This was part of the SEC’s initiative to honor the late Pat Summitt.  Each team in the conference will be participating in this initiative this week, the purpose of which is to support the Pat Summitt Foundation and bring awareness to Alzheimer’s.  This is particularly special to me as my late mother suffered from this horrible disease.  Anything that raises public awareness and aids in research to hopefully find a cure is a big plus in my book.

Next game:  Thursday night at LSU

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Michele Brown
Michele Brown
Writer at CameronMillsRadio.com since Feb. 2015 Co-host of Big Blue Views podcast. Mom, Christian, sports junkie, golf addict and speed typist. I can cook your mama's food better than she can.

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