LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Rhyne Howard scored 17 of her 30 points in the fourth quarter to help Kentucky hold off Georgia 84-76 in an empty Memorial Coliseum on Thursday night. After 18 days off, the Wildcats (8-3, 1-0 SEC) picked up their first SEC win of the season.

Inclement weather in the Lexington area prompted UK Athletics to ask fans to stay home and off the roads for the game. Despite the feels of 2020 with no fans in the stands, the Cats were dialed in the entire game, leading for 26 of the 40 minutes. Dre’Una Edwards followed up Howards’ 30 with 17 of her own, while freshman Jada Walker had a 15-point night to go along with two steals and two blocks.

“We were very clear in what we were looking for,” Kentucky head coach Kyra Elzy said after the game. “I thought they brought the energy, the intensity, and effort, and they did it together. Rhyne had some big buckets down the stretch, but let’s not leave out Dre’ who carried us a lot of the night and Jada Walker who was fearless.”

Coach Elzy was complimentary of Jazmine Massengill’s coach on the floor abilities, getting the Cats into their offensive sets. “She was our coach on the floor tonight, I thought she did a great job.”

Another tough test looms on Sunday for the Wildcats, this time on the road when they head to No. 1 South Carolina. Tip-off set for 1:00 p.m. from Colonial Life Arena.