The Lady Wildcats capped off a successful weekend for Kentucky athletics with an easy 82-61 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs. UK Hoops moves to 12-6 on the season and 3-2 in the SEC. You can read Haley’s game recap here. The game was broadcast on the SEC network, but if you missed it, here are five leftovers.
1. Evelyn Akhator had a game
Akhator paced the Wildcats for much of the game, and finished the night with another double-double. Her 24 points and 16 rebounds earned the senior her 10th double-double of the season and her 23rd at UK. Even more impressive, she secured the double-double with over a minute left in the first half.
Today’s game rivaled Akhator’s performance against Alabama last week, where she scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
“She put on a real display of skill,” Matthew Mitchell said after the game. “She had some good reads, good shots and good plays. Her teammates really worked to get her the ball.”
2. The first half was arguably the best of the season
Kentucky came out ready to play, starting the game with six quick points for Akhator and a three-pointer by Makayla Epps to put the Wildcats ahead 9-0. The Cats ended the first quarter on a 10-0 run, and Kentucky led 23-4 at the break. The rest of the first half was more of the same: UK went into the locker room shooting 58.6 percent of their field goals and 44.4 percent of their three-pointers, while holding the Bulldogs to 21.4 percent from the floor and no shots from behind the arc.
3. UK capitalized off Georgia mistakes
The Cats showed aggression today, forcing 12 Bulldog turnovers and converting those mistakes into 24 points. Additionally, Kentucky out-rebounded Georgia on both ends of the court: UK had a 26-19 defensive rebound advantage and a 12-9 offensive rebound advantage. On the season, the Bulldogs have been limiting opponents to 59.2 points per game – Kentucky’s 82 points obviously obliterated that.
4. Jessica Hardin is still unavailable
After a concussion in the Duke game, Jessica Hardin is still not back on the court for the Wildcats. Today’s game marked the fifth game played without the senior guard. Makayla Epps took a knee to the head during the fourth quarter, and she did not speak at the post-game press conference as she was being examined by the doctor. Still, the senior ended the night with 13 points and six assists.
5. The Alumni Game was a success
Any win is a great win, but it’s even sweeter when so many former players are in the house. For today’s game, over 30 Cats were in Memorial to cheer on the Wildcats, with members ranging from the 1973 team all the way up to crowd-favorite Victoria Dunlap from the class of 2011.
“We had a great crowd today, [and] I was so excited we played well on Alumni day,” Mitchell said. “This city has been so supportive, all of Big Blue Nation has been so supportive.”
While Kentucky’s next two games are away, the BBN can continue this support here in Lexington next week, when the Wildcats take on Ole Miss at home on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.