Coach DeMoss knew it wouldn't be easy for her beloved 'Cats to make it to the NCAA Tournament, but if Sunday's performance on the road against Georgia is any indication - the Wildcats might not be in as big of trouble as some thought.
After a break in action on Thursday, Kentucky resumed play Sunday with a rematch with No. 18 Georgia. The Cats, who defeated Georgia earlier this season in Rupp Arena, were looking for their first conference road win and their first win in Athens in over 10 years. The Cats almost pulled off the upset but fell just short, dropping a 68-64 decision.
Senior guard/forward Sara Potts scored a team-high 18 points to lead the Wildcats, as the Rochester Hills, Mich., moved up to No. 9 on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,362 career points. With two three-pointers in the game, she also moved into the SEC's top 10 career list for 3-pt field goals made.
Freshman Samantha Mahoney followed with 11 points. Jennifer Humphrey and Keiko Tate each brought down a team-high nine rebounds.
Kentucky returns to action Thursday when it plays host to Florida in Memorial Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. EST and the game will be locally televised live on WKYT-TV/UPN. The Wildcats then return to the road to face Auburn at 3 p.m. EST on Sunday.
Narrowly losing against one of the premiere teams in the country is nothing to be ashamed of.
The 'Cats can now rejoice in seeing 3 winnable games in the next four, starting Thursday at home against arch rival Florida.
With a Sunday matchup slated against 12-9 Auburn and a 14-8 Mississippi State team at home a week from Sunday, the 'Cats could be looking at a 17-10 record if all falls into place with a midweek loss to top-ranked LSU an almost unevitable loss.
If the Wildcats can finish strong and somehow stay around 10 losses on the year, they might have an outside chance at an NCAA Tournament berth.