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Richard Hamm, Associated Press
Georgia guard Erika Ford (31) drives past Kentucky guard Keyla Snowden (4) during an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in Athens, Ga.

ATHENS, Ga. — Kentucky took the lead with a 9-0 run in the second half and the No. 6 Wildcats wore down short-handed Georgia and beat the No. 15 Lady Bulldogs 69-64 on Thursday night.

Bria Goss, who had a career-high 22 points, hit two 3-pointers in the big run, including one that gave the Wildcats a 54-52 lead. Samarie Walker added 18 points.

Kentucky (17-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) used 12 players while Georgia (15-4, 4-2), limited by injuries, used only seven.

Bulldogs starting guard Jasmine James, the team's primary ball-handler, was held out with a sprained right knee. Freshman reserve forward Krista Donald, was in uniform but did not play after aggravating a knee injury.

Freshman Erika Ford, starting for James, led Georgia with 17 points. Jasmine Hassell had 13 points and Khaalidah Miller had 12.

Georgia took a 46-36 lead about 5 minutes into the second half, but its lack of depth soon began to show.

Kentucky went ahead 58-52 after the 9-0 run. Georgia made a short-lived recovery before Hassell's basket with 3:59 remaining was disallowed due to a charge, leaving the Wildcats up 62-59.

Georgia's Anne Marie Armstrong, who played with four fouls the full second half before fouling out with 11 points with 12 seconds remaining, hit a 3-pointer with nearly a minute to go to cut the deficit to 66-64. Goss answered with a baseline drive to protect the drive.

Donald's injury left Georgia coach Andy Landers with little frontcourt depth. Landers left Armstrong in the game when she was called for her third foul with 3:15 remaining in the first half. The junior drew her fourth foul about 2 minutes later.

Kentucky's bench outscored Georgia's reserves 19-0 in the first half, but the Lady Bulldogs led 36-32.

A'dia Mathies had seven points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky.