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#40MINS of UK Hoops Live Diary: SEC Style

It’s been a long week off from basketball in the UK Hoops world, but no worries, we’re back in Memorial Coliseum this snowy Sunday afternoon and all is good. Today’s game is sure to be a good one, as the 8th ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team takes on the 13th ranked Lady Bulldogs from Georgia. The Cats enter today’s game with a 19-2 overall record, and are 7-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs are one of the nation’s best as well, picked to finish second in the SEC with a 17-3 overall record, and 6-2 in the SEC. You can watch today’s game on the SEC Network as you follow along with the live diary here on KSR. Cats.

#8 Kentucky Wildcats versus #13 Georgia Bulldogs

FINAL KENTUCKY 71 GEORGIA 75 Holy moley. Still in shock. Georgia didn’t give up and for the first time this season Kentucky looked and played scared. Miller for Georgia was clutch, giving them five three-pointers at times when they needed them the most. The Cats looked terribly ugly on offense in the second half, and Mitchell will have to go back to the drawing board to correct a lot of mistakes as Kentucky is still in the midst of a tough stretch of games in the SEC. The Cats had plenty of chances but could not execute at the right time. Tennessee lost on the road to Missouri this afternoon, bailing Kentucky out in the SEC standings as now five teams are within one game of first place. Jennifer O’Neill finished the game with eight turnovers and was on the verge of tears in the press conference, very upset with her performance and the outcome of the game.

2nd Half 3:41: Kentucky responded well to the Georgia run despite not looking too sharp on offense at times. They have forced 26 Bulldog turnovers, and UGA came into the game today only averaging around 14 which was second in the SEC. The Bulldogs refuse to wilt right now and Kentucky is looking mighty flustered in their halfcourt game. Georgia gets a steal and an and-one and we’re back at a one point game. Memorial is gettin’ hyped and I need to use the restroom….just as I type that Miller for Georgia nails a 3-pointer and now has 24 on the game. Things are getting crazy, now a tie game 69-69.

2nd Half 7:49: After the quiet whistles of the first half, the refs have gotten a little more foul-prone of late. They must be feeling the pressure of this game too. Armstrong has been clutch for the Dogs and HOW ABOUT STALLWORTH. The center nails her second face up 3-pointer of the game and now has 10. I don’t think many people were aware of her range coming into this season. The Big Three for Kentucky: Mathies, O’Neill, and Stallworth have come to play today at least, and they are the key factors in determining UK’s success. Goss nails an and-one and Kentucky now leads 62-57.

2nd Half 11:53: Sooooo….things got real tense real quick in Memorial. The Dogs scored on a quick inbounds layup and answer that with a three pointer, and all of a sudden Matthew Mitchell is geekin’ and calls a timeout to settle the Cats down. We all knew a Georgia run was going to happen eventually, but Kentucky has to be able to answer here. Hayley and I are gettin’ all sorts of anxious now as Armstrong has now cut the lead to one and Coach Landers is waving his rolled piece of paper around like a mad man. Georgia is now officially on fire and Kentucky can do NOTHING on offense, turning the ball over and looking extremely confused. The Wildcats desperately need someone other than O’Neill and Mathies to produce for them offensively. Tie ball game, anxiety, and loud Memorial…51-51.

2nd Half 15:59: DeNesha Stallworth is trying to get hot, and she is doing it in some unconventional ways for a 6’3 center. She stepped outside to knock down a three-pointer, and Georgia now looks even more annoyed. The Bulldogs answer with an outside shot of their own but MKG…oh wait, I mean…Samarie Walker comes down and does what she does best: clean up the trash and score. Bishop did a total of nothing during the first half, but she now comes in for Stallworth as Mitchell has a long discussion with his junior power player who is visibly frustrated with her play. Dogs force a shot clock violation and are still hanging around as Cats lead 47-39.

HALFTIME KENTUCKY 40 GEORGIA 30 After Kentucky got out to a big lead early on, Goergia was able to combat and put up a run for themselves. Both teams found an offensive rhythm near the end of the half, and it looks to be a toe to toe battle till the end. O’Neill led the Wildcats with 14 points, and Mathies wasn’t too far behind with 10. Jenny from the Bronx tore up the UGA defense when they took it to zone, and made them pay. Stallworth is still in the midst of her biggest slide of the season, as she only has two points today, after scoring just four last weekend. All the female athletes from UK are now taking the court for a halftime shoutout, go girls.

1st Half 3:53: Georgia has found a way to get things going offensively of late, but Jenny from the Bronx is clutch from outside the arc to help pace Kentucky. The Bulldogs are starting to feel it, and their entire bench is now up and at em. There have been numerous questionable physical plays lately, and naturally: no whistle. Coach Landers is one of the best coaches in college basketball history, and it’s with reason. He knows how to alter play during the game to find a way to get his team to play the way he wants them to. All-SEC performer Anne Marie Armstrong has been good for the Dogs, as well as Khaalidah Miller. Bodies continue to fly, and Mitchell is out on the court to greet his team for the timeout. Cats hanging on 29-23.

1st Half 7:51: Kentucky is simpling dominating the Bulldogs right now. This very talented Georgia team is completely out of sorts, and Coach Landers has commenced to waving his rolled up sheet of paper in dismay. Samarie Walker is this team’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist…there I said it. She is the heart, soul, and emotion for the Cats. Her hustle is unmatched by anyone on the court, and while she might not always have the flashiest of stats, her effort is unparalleled, especially on the boards. O’Neill has looked sloppy of late, walking and dribbling the ball off her foot. From the stomping of his feet, Mitchell is not happy. Kentucky still winning 21-10.

1st Half 11:34: The refs are letting them play today, as it has been very physical inside with virtually no whistles. This has been good for the Cats, as their scrappy play has deflected and altered many Georgia post attacks. Mitchell is trying his Janee Thompson/Azia Bishop combo early on this game…a duo that had a lot of success against LSU. The latest segment of play has been a little stagnant with a lot of fallen bodies and yelling girls…but no points. Coach Landers seems flabbergasted at what to do to get the Bulldogs any sort of rhythm on offense. Kentucky is all up in their business. O’Neill is getting hot, and Cats look very sharp early on leading 17-6.

1st Half 15:56: These two teams definitely have some similar plays in their playbooks, as the Cats and Bulldogs are first and second in the nation in turnover margin respectively. These squads are fast, physical, and sneaky. Coach Landers is one of those “rolled up pieces of paper coaches” as he carries a rolled up sheet of paper in his hand the entire game, for no apparent reason. Georgia’s only two SEC losses this season have come to Tennessee and Texas A&M, the other two teams in the top four of the conference. Stallworth just brought down the house, stealing the inbounds pass and taking her girl to work with the easy drive and layup. Coach Landers is salty and Cats lead 12-4.

BzzzzzZZZzZzZZ: Figuring out who is going to the best player for the Cats game in and game out is no easy task, as it seems every single game a new Wildcat decides to show up big time and dominate. Last game, this was the case for Azia Bishop, who scored a career high 17 points in just 20 minutes of play. Her level of consistency is a huge issue for Coach Mitchell, and you know he wants her to come out with another big performance today. Senior star A’dia Mathies will have a to have a big game for Kentucky today, as Georgia is always a very tough game, and the Bulldog program is a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky wins the tip, let’s do this.

10 Minutes till Tip: Hayley and I have the pleasure of watching one of the sports best coaches this afternoon, as Georgia head coach Andy Landers has been manning the sideline for the Bulldogs for 33 years. He reached the 800 win pinnacle earlier this year, and will surely go down as a hall of famer. The Cats hope they can continue the momentum they picked up after defeating LSU at home last week, and are looking to keep their 34 game home winning streak alive. Today is also National Girls and Women in Sports Day and Alumni Day, so lots of speeches and commemorative basketballs are sure to be handed out.

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48 Comments for #40MINS of UK Hoops Live Diary: SEC Style

  1. ca
    2:08 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Is the game on Direct TV

  2. Jared
    2:08 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I love the cats but please quit posting about womens sports.

  3. CA
    2:14 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jared – The women have a great basketball team and I will support them as I do the baseball, football and of course the basketball. I support all of UK Athletics

  4. Kittyfan
    2:14 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Where is Dancing Man today???

  5. Kittyfan
    2:16 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jared-maybe u should stop by Subway!

  6. Gypsy Robyn
    2:27 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Thank you “CA” & “Kittyfan” for your support! How could you not cheer on the UKHoops team?!?

  7. Rae
    2:28 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jared, the women are consistently playing in a manner that makes them worthy of the name across their chests. They are our best shot at a Final Four. I will support them the same as the men.

  8. Linda Taylor
    2:29 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    If Asia (stupid autocorrect won’t let me spell it correctly) and Eloy Vargas got married their kids would have the best posture ever.
    Jared – the world does not revolve around you.

  9. Rae
    2:30 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    That being said, I have a WVU women’s game on my Fox Sports channel, so I have to follow here.

  10. Jared
    2:31 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Even if they won the championship no one would care. Womens basketball is joke along with many others. I can understand supporting a bake off or a beauty pagent but not sports.

  11. Rae
    2:33 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jared, then don’t follow this thread. They sell out their Memorial games, so those fans would care. Just because you don’t care doesn’t mean others won’t.

  12. Kittyfan
    2:36 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jared, you are an anachronism! No one cares what you have to say; so stop posting!

  13. Linda Taylor
    2:36 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jared – I hope no girls ever have the misfortune of having you for a father.

  14. Jared
    2:41 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    @13 I have two girls and both of them are in cheerleading a sport which was ment for women as basketball was not.

  15. Kittyfan
    2:46 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with comments about Samarie! She is having a great game!

  16. Matt
    2:47 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    @14, wow really? I guess women shouldn’t be allowed to vote or work either. If you don’t like that they post about women’s sports then don’t read it.

  17. Linda Taylor
    2:48 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I feel very sorry for them. You have already done them more harm than you have any idea. Some day you may understand but I doubt it.

  18. Gypsy Robyn
    2:50 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Run along now Jared, little trolls like you won’t spoil this game or this team for the rest of us! (Bake sale/beauty pageant? Come on, seriously?!?)

  19. Jared
    2:52 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    @16 Women are nice to look at when there not fat, and there good for giving birth and cleaning the house and thats about it. It kinda of makes me mad that some people either do not realize this or are afraid to say so.

  20. Beth
    2:53 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    I have to agree that womens sports are boring, even though I am women but we are smart and its not easy cooking and cleaning.

  21. Gypsy Robyn
    2:57 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Love the hot hand of O’Neil seconds before the half! Everytime the Bulldogs try to come back the Wildcats have an answer!

  22. Hayley Minogue
    2:57 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Guess I shouldn’t be allowed to blog then should I? News Flash; cheerleading is a hobby, not a sport. I feel sorry for your daughters sir, and the woman who has the misfortune of having birthed the spawns of satan.

  23. Hayley Minogue
    2:58 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink


  24. Jared
    3:00 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Women writers and sports announcers are the absoulute worst. The sidline reporter is understandable becasue the cute and only ask the questions that a man has already came up with.

  25. Gypsy Robyn
    3:01 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hayley… You go girl! Score!

  26. Rae
    3:02 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    19. So it makes YOU mad that people view women in a manner that is equal to men. So you view your little girls as nothing more than maids and breeding stock. What if your daughters grow up slightly overweight? Will you tell her she is worthless? Hope you don’t mind when some idiot teenage boy tells you that your little girl is nothing more than nice to look at. I feel sorry for your daughters; if they have low self esteem because their father doesn’t believe they are capable of playing sports or being a contributing intelligent member of the work force, that is sad.

  27. Jared
    3:03 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    And Hayley I am assuming your not much to look at. You prolly tried out for cheerleading and were told you didn’t make the cut. Its cool not everyone can be good looking and popular.

  28. fureel
    3:06 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Go Ladykats! “UK Hoops” is a stupid, asexual name.

  29. Rae
    3:06 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    27. I hope someone tells your daughter sheis ugly someday. And I hope that breaks your heart.

    Then of course I hope she rises above whatever brainwashing you might have put her through and becomes a neurosurgeon or the first decent president in decades or whatever she desires.

  30. Hayley Minogue
    3:07 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Jared, I wouldn’t be a cheerleader if I had to choose between that and extreme cup stacking. You are a freaking idiot.

  31. Katie
    3:14 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    @22 I do not agree with Jared on a lot of the things he said. However, cheerleading is a very competive sport and not everyone can do it.

  32. Hayley Minogue
    3:20 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry if I offended you, but I just don’t see it as a sport. Just like dance, it’s just a hobby to me unless there’s meets, conferences, or a pro division. My sister dances and I respect her for her hard work, but even she knows its not a sport.

  33. Secret admirer
    3:24 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hayley Minogue is a total babe. You’re an idiot Jared.

  34. Wilder Treadway
    3:29 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hayley’s hot

  35. Jeff Garlin
    3:36 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Wilder is always raising hell!!!! Hayley is a looker and Jared needs to go back to serving subway sandwiches!

  36. Kittyfan
    3:38 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    FINALLY!!!! Dancing Man is here!!!

  37. Linda Taylor
    3:44 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    36 – I doubt he has enough intelligence to make sandwiches. He probably is on welfare.

  38. Gypsy Robyn
    4:05 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    What a nail-bitter! Go Big Blue!!!

  39. Irf
    4:09 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the score? Howuch time left?

  40. CatLanta
    4:14 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Poor final possession!!!

  41. Gypsy Robyn
    4:15 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Boo, that hurt! What a game! So proud of the Wildcats!

  42. CatLanta
    4:49 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    Today just stung a Lil bit more. Tennessee lost to Missouri today too… 🙁

  43. JaredsKids
    6:01 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    yeah our dad beat us a lot because we are females. insecurity issues go way back apparently…his ass was kicked by a girl in grade school. he dropped out of high school, can barely read and has someone type these comments for him. can’t wait to turn 18 so we can run…

  44. Be Nice
    6:58 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    #38 That is not a very nice thing to say. I expect better from you. Just because he is an idiot, that doesn’t mean you have to stoop to his level. Linda, you are better than that!

  45. Card4life
    7:05 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    You people are hilliarious @jaredskids, linda, jared, etc. Im glad im not a cat fan, cause you people crazy.

  46. Linda Taylor
    10:51 pm February 3, 2013 Permalink

    45 – You are right. Have you ever had a problem at a sandwich shop and had to keep sending the sandwich back because it was made incorrectly? I have and that memory popped into my head when I read 36’s comment. Normally it wouldn’t be a big deal to just take something off the sandwich, but when you could have an anaphylactic reaction to the item they keep applying to the bread you can’t just accept it. Right away I thought I’d have a terrible time trying to get a sandwich that I could eat from this dude.
    I hope that guy was just a troll trying to get a reaction. I would hate to think there really are two girls that have him for a father. Heaven help them if they do exist and he really does have the attitudes he exhibits in his comments.
    I do worry about the daughters of some of the guys that post on this board. The blatant sexism of some of them is unbelievable. I don’t think some of them know or understand the effect they are having/will have on their daughters with their attitudes. The damage they do can ruin their daughters’ lives. Fathers are such an important influence in a girl’s life and good ones are a treasure that make all the difference in this difficult world in which we live.

  47. Bubba Earl
    8:03 am February 4, 2013 Permalink