LEXINGTON, Ky. – After a two-week delay due to several postponements, the University of Kentucky’s No.21 women’s basketball team return to action for the first time since December 19 on Thursday as they hosts Georgia # 15 at 7 pm ET inside Memorial Coliseum.
Tickets for a game are $ 10 (all ages) in reverse seating areas, while general admission tickets are $ 8 for adults and $ 5 for children (ages 6-18) and the elderly (65 years and over). Children 5 and under do not need a ticket in general admission areas. Tickets are available for purchase at UKathletics.com/tickets. To learn more about mobile tickets, visit UKathletics.com/mobiletickets.
Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on SEC Network + with Jeff Piecoro and Carol Ross on call. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network (630 AM in Lexington). Live statistics and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
Regardless of immunization status, all guests will be required to wear a mask when visiting Memorial Coliseum. Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter, but face covers – covering the nose and mouth – are required for all fans when watching the game from their seats and entering, exiting and moving around. in the Memorial Coliseum. Children 2 and under will not be required to wear a mask. If spectators cannot wear masks, they are encouraged not to appear in person for the sake of their own health and that of others.
The doors of the Memorial Coliseum will open one hour before the tip. All bags must adhere to the UK Athletics Clear Bag policy. All bags and items will be searched. To avoid additional touchpoints, fans are strongly encouraged not to bring unnecessary bags to Memorial Coliseum. To learn more about the UK Athletics Clear Bag Policy, click here.
Gaming parking is available from three hours before departure in the majority of surface courts surrounding Memorial Coliseum, including the High Street Lot, East Maxwell Lot, Joe Craft Center Lot, College View Lot, Alumni Center Lot and Career Center Lot. Cornerstone Garage and Parking Structure 2 open two hours before tip. There is a charge for parking at the Gatton Student Center while all other parking options are free. The JCC lot is mainly used for parking for people with reduced mobility / disabled. No shuttle is offered from a lot this season.
Kentucky (7-3, 0-0 SEC) haven’t played since Dec. 19 when they beat USC Upstate inside Memorial Coliseum 67-44. It’s been an interesting few weeks for the Wildcats, as the UK was supposed to play on December 17 against Morgan State before COVID issues with Morgan State postponed that game. Kentucky was supposed to start the championship on December 29 in Auburn before the Tigers were forced to postpone due to COVID protocol. Monday’s game against Mississippi State was then postponed due to COVID protocol within the UK program. This game has been rescheduled to Thursday, January 13 at 7 p.m. ET at Lexington.
Upper guard Rhyne howard and junior redshirt forward Dre’una edwards lead the UK this season with Howard averaging 18.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. Edwards wins 17.4 points per game with 9.0 rebounds per game. Upper guard Robyn benton and first year care Jada walker are each two-digit average. Benton wins 13.2 per game with Walker at 11.5. Edwards recorded five consecutive double-doubles for Kentucky. She is the first player with five straight games since Evelyn Akhator in 2016 and the first player with five straight games in the same season since Eleia Roddy in 2008-09. UK is 4-1 when it comes to a double-double. The UK ranks 10th nationally in terms of assistance-to-revenue ratio and first in the SEC with 1.36. The UK are 11th nationally and second in the SEC in FG% and 20th nationally and first in the SEC in offensive scoring with 79.5 points per game.
Georgia (12-2, 1-1 SEC) is ranked 15th in the Associated Press’s Top 25 and 14th in the USA Today / Coaches Top 25 on Thursday. The Bulldogs started the championship dropping at home in the top 20. LSU, 68-62, before winning in the victory in Florida, 73-69 last Sunday. The best win of the season for UGA was an 82-80 victory over the No.2 NC State in mid-December. Georgia also had victories over Texas Tech, Marquette and Notre Dame with the only non-conference loss to Georgia Tech. Jenna Staiti is averaging 14.2 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game this season, while Que Morrison is averaging 14 points with 4.7 rebounds per game and leads the team with 68 assists.
Thursday’s meeting with Georgia will be the 60th all-time between the two programs. Georgia leads the series 38-21, including a 14-11 lead in games played at Lexington. Kentucky have won three of the last four games in the series. The two sides met twice last season, with UK claiming a 62-58 victory over Georgia on February 25 before the Bulldogs beat UK 78-66 in the SEC tournament quarter-finals. The UGA’s last victory at Lexington was a 56-42 decision at Memorial Coliseum on January 7, 2018.
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