Women's College Hoops: #14 Georgia upsets #8 Kentucky

2/3/2013

#14 Georgia upsets #8 Kentucky 75-71

 

Throughout its 34-game home win streak, No. 8 Kentucky has made its living turning defense into offense with turnovers and transition baskets.

Georgia stopped the Wildcats from doing just that Sunday, and the No. 13 Lady Bulldogs won at Memorial Coliseum 75-71.

The Wildcats (19-3, 7-2) had not lost a home game since dropping a 73-67 decision to Tennessee on Feb. 7, 2011. The streak also included 15 straight SEC wins at home.

Georgia (19-3, 7-2) held a 74-71 lead after guard Jasmine James hit one of two free throws with 1:12 left, and the score stayed unchanged until the Wildcats held the ball with about 20 seconds to go with an inbound pass under their own basket.

A'dia Mathies and Jennifer O'Neill tried to find an opening for a quick 3. Mathies said the plan was to try to create a shot, or drive and dish out to either O'Neill or DeNesha Stallworth.

Georgia's defense allowed nothing, and with about five seconds to go Shacobia Barbee stripped the ball from O'Neill at the top of the key. The Lady Bulldogs cleared the ball out, and Kentucky couldn't recover to foul until 0.4 seconds remained.

Georgia guard Khaalidah Miller finished with a career-high 25 points. She was in a bit of an unusual role: James' three first-half fouls forced Miller to run the point, a move coach Andy Landers worked in practice leading up to Sunday's game.

 


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