UK Women's Basketball

UK women must shake off road losses, focus on Georgia

Kentucky has two options.

It can look backward, at two losses in three days, or the No. 10 Cats can move forward and focus on playing Georgia on Sunday.

"Ultimately, the players will have to decide if they are going to get locked in for Georgia," Coach Matthew Mitchell said Friday. "It will be a really good game, a tough game. If we play hard and play well, we should have a chance."

As Mitchell sees it, the schedule — which set three games in six days — doesn't provide much of a choice.

Less than 24 hours after losing at No. 25 Arkansas, the Cats are preparing for a tough conference home opener against the Bulldogs (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), who have been ranked in both polls at various times this season.

"We'll have to bounce back from this one," Mitchell said after the loss to the Razorbacks on Thursday. "We don't have any bye dates or off days or anything. Georgia will be chomping at the bit Sunday to play us."

One bonus for UK is that it gets to play in Memorial Coliseum, where it holds a 25-game win streak. The streak is seventh nationally and second-longest in program history.

The Bulldogs have a 32-12 series edge over UK, including an 11-8 advantage in Lexington, but the Cats won last season's meeting in Memorial Coliseum, snapping a four-game home losing streak to Georgia.