On a senior night with many teary eyes, the Cats closed their home regular-season schedule with a win over Georgia 88-77.
Although Kentucky could never really stretch the lead beyond 11 points for most of the game, they were able to sustain a comfortable lead and deliver the last punch in fourth quarter behind Wooden Award candidate Rhyne Howard, who scored 13 of the team’s final 21 points.
Howard finished the game with 25 total points on 8-14 shooting overall from the field, including an efficient 4-6 shooting from downtown.
Senior transfer guard Sabrina Haines avenged her performance against South Carolina, in which she only totaled three points, as she finished her senior-night game tonight with 15 points on 5-11 shooting.
Transfer forward Ogechi Anyagaligbo, also a senior, finished the game with 10 points on 5-8 shooting, including scoring the Cats’ first two buckets, in what was an emotional game for her too.
Kentucky began today in the fifth spot in the SEC standings, but now jumps into the three spot after they won tonight and Texas A&M lost, which would mean they would gain a double bye in the SEC Tournament, as they are tied with the Aggies at 10-5 in the SEC and own the tiebreaker after a win over them earlier in the season.
Kentucky next plays at Vanderbilt on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. on SEC Network Plus. That will be the last game of the regular season for the Cats. With a win, they would be assured a double-bye in the SEC Tournament.