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Lady Bulldogs beat Kentucky, stay in second in SEC
Mitchell leads Georgia with 16 points
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ATHENS — Although Georgia is unranked, its record against Top 25 teams may be a sign the Lady Bulldogs could make an impact in the postseason.

Meredith Mitchell scored 16 points and Georgia rolled past No. 19 Kentucky 69-51 on Thursday night to remain in second place in the Southeastern Conference.

Georgia, which fell out of the Top 25 after splitting two games last week, is 3-0 against ranked teams this season, including two wins against Kentucky and one against Arkansas.

A tougher test is coming: The Lady Bulldogs play at No. 4 Tennessee on Monday.

Georgia (20-6, 10-3) kept its lead in double figures over cold-shooting Kentucky through the second half. The Wildcats came no closer than 13 points after the break.

"I think that probably was one of our best games this year," said Porsha Phillips, who had 14 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. I think we played great defense."

The Lady Bulldogs also maintained their composure against Kentucky's press.

"They love to turn you over, and when they do they've very good in transition," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "We didn't turn it over very much against their press. In fact, we turned their press into points."

Georgia reached 20 wins for the 26th times in Landers' 32 seasons.

Jasmine James also had 14 points as each Georgia starter scored in double figures. Jasmine Hassell had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Khaalidah Miller had 10 points.

Kentucky (19-7, 8-5) has lost three of four.

"Georgia was more physical all night long," Wildcats coach Matthew Mitchell said. "We played poorly. We were forced to play poorly by a very tough and super-prepared Georgia team. They mixed it up physically all game and we just didn't respond to it well. Georgia just whipped us in all phases tonight."

James said Landers stressed defense in practice this week.

"We've been totally about that this past week," James said. "Instead of just defending teams, we're actually trying to disrupt teams. I feel like we did a good job with that."

Kentucky senior Victoria Dunlap, the SEC's leading scorer, had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Bernisha Pinkett scored 12 points but made only 4 of 13 shots.

Kentucky averages 72.6 points per game, third in the SEC, but finished below that mark for the fifth straight game. The Wildcats shot a season-low 28.1 percent, making 18 of 64 shots from the field.

"I think a lot of it is when we got down, Georgia got physical with us and made it tough on us to score," Mitchell said. "We kind of just moved the ball around the perimeter and jacked up 3s instead of looking inside. ... The way I see it, we just didn't make very good decisions tonight."

The Wildcats made only 2 of 23 3-pointers, matching their season low for 3-pointers made and season high for attempts.

Kentucky's A'dia Mathies had to leave the game for about 5 minutes in the second half after she was hit on her jaw by Ronika Ransford's shoulder midway through the second half. Mathies remained face-down on the court for a couple minutes and Mitchell sent in a substitute, Crystal Riley, to shoot the free throws.

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