The Wildcats (15-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) became just the fourth unranked team in NCAA women's basketball history to defeat a No. 1 team as the Wildcats knocked off top-ranked Tennessee, 66-63, in Rupp Arena Thursday night. Junior guard Jenny Pfeiffer (North Vernon, Ind.) led the cats in scoring with 16 points, including 7-of-7 free-throws. Pfeiffer nailed the game winning free-throws with 14.8 seconds remaining.
"We've got a big game coming up at Georgia," UK Coach Mickie DeMoss said. "They had a great win against Florida on Sunday – beat them by 30 at Florida – so we are certainly going to have our work cut out for us. They don't have a lot of depth but the six or seven people that play are playing very, very well right now."
Pfeiffer leads UK in scoring with 11.9 points per game, having come off the bench in each of the Wildcats' 19 games. Pfeiffer ranks fourth nationally and second in the SEC in free-throw percentage with a 94.5 percent (69-of-73) clip. Sophomore guard Samantha Mahoney (Detroit) follows with 11.8 ppg, while freshman point guard Carly Ormerod (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore center Sarah Elliott (McKee, Ky.) each average 10.4 ppg. Senior forward/center Jennifer Humphrey (Memphis) is the squad's leading rebounder with 8.7 boards per game.
Kentucky's current record is its best 19-game mark since the 1992-93 squad also posted a 15-4 mark in its first 19 contests.
"I told the team that we worked hard to get a ranking and some national recognition and now we've got it," DeMoss said. "There comes with that a lot of responsibility. We're in a different role now. Now people are going to roll their sleeves up and want to knock us off. We have got to respond."
This is the 36th meeting between Georgia and UK. The Lady Bulldogs lead the series 26-9 and own a 14-2 advantage when playing in Athens. UGA has won six consecutive contests in Stegeman Coliseum. The Cats are looking for their first win in Athens since Jan. 23, 1994. Georgia has won nine of its last 10 meetings with Kentucky and 11 of the last 12 in Athens.
UGA (15-5, 5-2 SEC) is led by sophomore forward Tasha Humphrey, who is tops in the SEC with a 20.7 points per game average. Humphrey averaged 24.0 ppg, and 10.5 rpg in the Lady Bulldogs' two road wins last week. Senior guard Sherill Baker follows with 17.7 ppg as one of four Lady Bulldogs averaging double-figure point totals. Baker currently leads the nation in steals, averaging 5.00 steals per game.