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Howard’s 27 lifts No. 19 Kentucky women over No. 17 Georgia

NCAA Womens Basketball: Kentucky At Georgia

Feb 25, 2021; Athens, Georgia, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Robyn Benton (1) shoots against Georgia Lady Bulldogs guard Chloe Chapman (1) at Stegeman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via USA TODAY NETWORK

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Rhyne Howard scored 27 points, hitting all four of her 3-pointers, and No. 19 Kentucky defeated No. 17 Georgia 62-58 on Thursday night.

A 17-3 run to close the first half gave the Wildcats a 34-24 lead but the Bulldogs recovered and stayed in the game.

However, Georgia didn’t commit their first foul of the fourth quarter until 1:22 remained. Finally, at 9.1 seconds Tatyana Wyatt made two free throws for Kentucky. Jordan Iasaacs made three from the line for Georgia with 5.7 seconds but a free throw by Chasity Patterson at 4.3 seconds secured the win.

Patterson scored 15 points and Wyatt 11 for Kentucky (16-6, 9-5 Southeastern Conference).

Jenna Staiti led Georgia (17-5, 9-5), which had won four straight, with 16 points. Gabby Connally and Que Morrison added 13 apiece. A win would have secured the Bulldogs a top four seed and double bye when the league tournament starts next week.

The game was a statistic match except Kentucky was 6 of 14 behind the arc and Georgia 3 of 18.

Kentucky plays its last game at home on Sunday against Ole Miss and Georgia is at Florida on Sunday, with the tipoff moved up an hour to noon.