The outside temperatures weren’t the only thing cold on Sunday afternoon in Lexington. The University of Kentucky women’s basketball team hosted the Georgia Bulldogs and both teams combined for a shooting performance that should seemed to be influenced by the windchill. The Bulldogs defeated the Cats 56-42 as Kentucky shot just 20.4% (11-54) from the field for the game. Georgia finished at a relatively blistering 27.8% (15-54). During the third quarter, the teams combined to shoot 3-29 and score 14 total points.
The Bulldogs were paced by Mackenzie Engram and Caliya Robinson, both with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Kentucky’s Maci Morris was limited to 21 minutes as she was hobbled by what Head coach Matthew Mitchell called a deep bone bruise around her left knee. Morris did finish with 9 points. Kentucky was led by Mackenzie Cann’s 10 points and Dorie Harrison’s 9 rebounds.
The loss drops Kentucky to 8-9 on the season, 0-3 in the SEC, and is the 8th straight loss for the Cats. Postgame, Coach Mitchell called his team resilient and said that they just have to keep plugging along. UK’s Jaida Roper echoed those sentiments when she answered that the team is still working hard and they know what they have to do to succeed. It’s not a far stretch to imagine the outcome could have been different if the Cats were able to convert a few of their easy looks at the basket; according to Roper, “we have to convert those.”
The Cats will head to Florida on Thursday and Coach Mitchell talked about the work that the team will need to put in this week to get ready. Mitchell said that everything that everybody is doing is under review, but he’s confident that his resilient team can bounce back and end the current losing skid.