January 14, 2005

Kentucky 71, (18) Georgia 63

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Freshman center Sarah Elliott scored 15 points to lead Kentucky to a 71-63 victory over No. 18 Georgia on Thursday night, the Wildcats' first win over a ranked opponent in five seasons.

Kentucky, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Bulldogs, last defeated a ranked opponent during the 1999-2000 season, beating Auburn 71-69.

Elliott scored nine points in the second half, including six of Kentucky's final eight points after the Bulldogs used a 12-2 run to close within 63-61 with 3:03 remaining.

Samantha Mahoney added 14 points, Sarah Potts scored 11 and Keiko Tate had 10 for Kentucky (12-5, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).

Tasha Humphrey was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and finished with 23 points for the Bulldogs (13-5, 2-2). Alexis Kendrick added 18.

Kentucky used a 24-4 run to erase a two-point deficit and take a 35-17 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half.

Georgia battled back behind Humphrey, who scored eight of her 11 first-half points in a 14-2 run that got the Bulldogs within 37-31 with two minutes left in the first half.

Kentucky scored the last six points of the half for a 43-31 advantage at the break.

Georgia was 18-of-19 from the line but shot 30 percent from the field.

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