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FINAL: No. 19 Kentucky WBB takes care of business against No. 17 Georgia, 62-58

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

Rhyne Howard put another stud in her crown for her campaign to win back-to-back SEC Player of the Year awards.

On Thursday night, led by 27 points from Howard, the No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats Women’s Basketball Team (16-6, 9-5 in SEC) led the majority of the way against the No. 17 Georgia Bulldogs (17-5, 9-5 in SEC) to come away with a 62-58 win on the road. In addition to her 27 points, Howard added four rebounds, two assists, and four steals in her 37 minutes played. She shot 10-16 from the floor and was a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arc.

Joining Howard in double-figures were Chasity Patterson with 15 points and Tatyana Wyatt, who contributed 11 points and six rebounds.

It was a back-and-forth first quarter, with the Bulldogs holding a slight 16-15 lead after the opening 10 minutes, but Kentucky came alive in the second period. Led by seven points from Howard and another five from Patterson during that frame, the ‘Cats outscored UGA 18-9 to take a 10-point advantage into the intermission.

Georgia was able to pace Kentucky in the third quarter and actually won that stretch by three points, but 14 more combined points from Howard and Patterson kept UK ahead by seven heading into the fourth quarter. Despite a poor shooting exhibition down the stretch in which the ‘Cats scored just 11 points in the fourth period and, at one point, went nearly three minutes without a point, they came out on top.

It was a massive win for Kentucky in regards to the SEC Tournament standings. They’re now tied with Georgia for the third-best conference record at 9-5. Only one regular-season game remains on the Wildcats schedule–a Senior Day matchup this Sunday against the Ole Miss Rebels. If Kentucky were to win, they would clinch a top-four seed and a double-bye for next weekend’s postseason trip to Greenville.

While you wait for a full game recap from Grant Grubbs, check out the full box sheet below.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR