Kentucky womens basketball seeks an SEC win against the Georgia Bulldogs


Jack Weaver

Kentucky Wildcats guard Robyn Benton (1) dribbles between her legs during the Kentucky vs. Louisville womens basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Louisville won 86-72. Photo by Jack Weaver | Staff

Samantha Money, Assistant Sports Editor

Kentucky womens basketball is more than ready to secure an SEC win this season and will have its next opportunity to do so in Athens, Georgia tomorrow against the Dawgs.

While the team has performed consistently offensively putting up an average of 71.3 points per game and steadily becoming more dominant on defense, the Cats have been coming up just short of a win.

Kentucky has lost four of its last five previous games with the team’s only victory over the holiday break coming over Ohio with a final score of 95-86.

“We know how it goes,” Blair Green said after Kentucky’s most recent loss to Arkansas. “We just can’t be discouraged and keep our head down. We just have to keep working. So, it just starts in practice just getting more defensive reps. Just bringing that energy in practice, just not going through the motions and yeah, just staying aggressive.”

Despite Kentucky suffering at the hands of the Razorbacks on New Year’s Day, the Cats played without their leading scorer Robyn Benton. Her return to the court will be a key weapon for Kentucky if they wish to take down Georgia for the second year in a row.

Yet even with the absence of Benton, the losing streak is still frustrating for head coach Kyra Elzy.

“Myself and the coaching staff will go back and evaluate how we’re playing and the changes that we need to make,” Elzy said. It’s still early but obviously what we’re doing isn’t working. The goal is to win, and we’ve got to find a way to do that.”

With Georgia also losing its most recent matchup to No. 1 South Carolina 68-51, both teams will be looking for a bounce back win in Stageman Coliseum.

The last matchup between Kentucky and Georgia came in January of 2022 when the Cats came out on top in an 84-76 upset win over the then No. 15 Dawgs.

However, the two teams will face off this year without the assistance of Rhyne Howard who led Kentucky to that victory with a noteworthy 30 points.

This time, the Benton and Jada Walker duo will be immensely relied upon to claim an SEC win for the first time this season and boost Kentucky’s confidence for the rest of conference play.

The Wildcats will face off against the Bulldogs on Thursday, Jan. 5, inside Stageman Coliseum in Athens, Georgia at 7 p.m. EST. The game can be watched on the SEC Network.