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Kentucky Defeats Georgia in SEC Tournament, 64-5


Ryan Cullinane

Sports Communications Graduate Assistant

University of Georgia Athletic Association


The No. 13 seed Georgia women’s basketball team lost in the first round of the 2024 Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament to No. 12 seed Kentucky, 62-50, on Wednesday morning at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

 

Javyn Nicholson capped off her Bulldog (12-18, 3-13 SEC) career with a 23-point outing, her sixth time this season with at least 20 points, to lead all scorers. The Wildcats (12-19, 4-12 SEC) forced 15 turnovers from Georgia, which they converted into 19 points. 

 

The Lady Bulldogs opened up with a 10-4 lead midway through the first quarter, but a trio of 3-pointers from the Wildcats gave Kentucky a 21-14 advantage heading into the second. 

 

Nicholson, who was named to the All-SEC Second Team earlier this week, scored 10 of the team’s 22 points in the first half. The Wildcats leaned on their scoring from outside the 3-point line and defensive rebounding to build up their largest halftime lead against an SEC opponent this season, 14 points. 

 

Georgia used a 12-2 run midway through the start of the second half to give the team the momentum it needed. The Lady Bulldogs got within five points of Kentucky, led by Nicholson and Taniyah Thompson combining for 10 points of the 12 points. The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Wildcats by one after shooting 7-of-14 in the quarter.

 

Kentucky’s defense overpowered Georgia in the final quarter of play, putting a stop to the Lady Bulldogs’ comeback efforts. 

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