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Georgia Lady Bulldogs (15-12, 6-8 SEC) at #15/16 Kentucky Wildcats (20-6, 9-5 SEC)

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 |7 p.m. ET| Memorial Coliseum (8,500)

TV: SEC Network + (Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel)

Radio: Bulldog Sports Network (Jeff Dantzler) WXKT 103.7FM and 960 AM The REF

Opening Tip

» Georgia is on the road for the second-straight game with a contest at Kentucky this Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The matchup is available on SEC Network +. 

» The Lady Bulldogs have won three of their last four games this season, with the lone loss coming to No. 12-ranked Texas A&M.  Four of Georgia’s six SEC wins have come on the road. 

» Georgia is coming off a 73-56 victory at LSU this past Sunday. The Lady Bulldogs won in Baton Rouge for just the second time since the 2001-02 season. The 73 points are the most LSU has given up against a league opponent this year.  

» Eight of Georgia’s 12 losses have come against top-25 opponents. The Lady Bulldogs have played five games against the top 10 teams in the country, including matchups against No. 1 South Carolina and No. 2 Baylor. Georgia’s strength of schedule ranks No. 14 nationally. 

» Redshirt-junior center Jenna Staiti has been the leader for Georgia during this current stretch of the season. The Cumming, Ga., native has scored in double figures in each of the last five games and in six of the last seven contests. She is averaging 20 points and nine rebounds per game over the last five matchups. 

» Freshman guard Chloe Chapman has played 30 minutes or more in the last two games. Chapman was inserted into the starting lineup against LSU, taking the place of usual starter Que Morrison. Morrison suffered a season-ending injury in the first half of Georgia’s game against Texas A&M on Feb. 20. 

» The Lady Bulldogs lead the all-time series against Kentucky, 37-19, including a 14-10 advantage in Lexington. The Wildcats have won five of the last six contests between these two programs. 

Javyn Nicholson
Javyn Nicholson

Series Breakdown

Overall: Georgia leads, 37-19

In Athens: Georgia leads, 17-7

In Lexington: Georgia leads, 14-10

Neutral Sites: Georgia leads, 6-2

Current Streak: UK has won five of the last six

Last Meeting:  UK W, 58-53 (3/3/19)

Largest Margin of Victory: Georgia W, 113-67 (2/23/86)

Largest Defeat: UK W, 82-61 (1/15/17)

Georgia Notebook

GEORGIA PLAYING WELL AT THE RIGHT TIME

» With the month of March right around the corner, the Lady Bulldogs are peaking at the right time. Georgia has won three of its last four games, including an impressive 73-56 win against a LSU team that boasts an 18-8 record and a RPI of No. 32 nationally. Jenna Staiti is Georgia’s leading scorer during this four game stretch with her 19.0 points per game. 

ROAD SUCCESS

» Georgia has four SEC road wins and a pair of neutral site victories against non-conference foes Virginia Tech and Butler. The Lady Bulldogs’ success in those four league victories can be credited to an impressive defensive performance. Georgia has held each of those opponents below 60 points, including a season-low 55-point effort from Arkansas. Those teams averaged just 51 points per game in losses to the Lady Bulldogs. 

MORRISON HAS SUCCESSFUL SURGERY

» Junior guard Que Morrison had successful surgery on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to repair a torn labrum in her right shoulder. Before her season-ending injury against Texas A&M, Morrison was finally back to her freshman form when she was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2017-18. Before her injury, Morrison had scored in double figures in three of the last five games, including 18-point efforts against Mississippi State and Alabama, which marked her highest point total against SEC foes in her career. 

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