Howard scores 30, # 21 Kentucky women edging # 15 Georgia

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Rhyne Howard scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and No. 21 Kentucky…

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Rhyne Howard scored 17 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Kentucky No. 21 controlled the fourth quarter to defeat Georgia No. 15 84-76 on Thursday night.

Leading 58-57 after three quarters, Howard took over. She scored Kentucky’s first five points in the fourth, added a 3-point mid-quarter and scored the Wildcats’ last nine points, ending the game with a personal seven-point streak, including her third three-point game.

Howard now has 1,872 points, overtaking Victoria Dunlap for third place on the British career list. A small crowd saw Kentucky win their 100th game in history against a ranked opponent, with fans encouraged not to attend due to dangerous road conditions due to inclement weather.

The Wildcats (8-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who had not played since Dec. 19 with their first two conference games postponed due to COVID, were 10 of 17 in the fourth quarter with a pair of 3.

Dre’una Edwards scored 17 points despite not making the fourth quarter, and her streak of five double-doubles was shattered for Kentucky. Jada Walker added 15 points.

Jenna Staiti, who has missed the last two games due to COVID, scored a high of 26 points for Georgia (12-3, 1-2). Que Morrison added 14 points and Mikayla Coombs 11.

Georgia’s biggest lead was six points, and Kentucky’s was eight with 12 ties and nine three-quarter lead changes.

The Wildcats shot 52.2 percent and conceded scoring 20 points on 19 Georgia turnovers. Georgia was 18 of 20 from the foul line for a nine-point advantage and had a 38-24 rebound advantage, but only went 2 of 10 from the 3-point range.

Kentucky face top-ranked South Carolina on Sunday, while Georgia faces Alabama, a day before schools play for the championship soccer.

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