UK notes: Dunlap is third-team all-American

First to make national team since '83

jsmith3@herald-leader.comMarch 31, 2010 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Victoria Dunlap has been a part of many firsts with her Kentucky teammates this season.

The junior forward also had a first of her own when she was named UK's first Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

On Tuesday, she added another first to her ballooning list when she was named UK's first Associated Press All-American.

The Nashville native led the Cats on both sides of the ball, averaging team bests of 17.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.

She was the only player to rank among the SEC's top three in scoring and rebounding, and she ranks in the league's top 10 in seven other statistical categories.

Dunlap is 11th in the nation in steals and 41st in blocked shots. Her 66 blocks are a season high for UK.

The UK women have not had any kind of All-American since Valerie Still made the Kodak and Street & Smith All-America teams in 1983.

Traveling man

There were some days this month that the men's basketball team was playing in one state in the afternoon and the women's basketball team was playing in another state a few hours later.

Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart has found a way to be in both places throughout the month of March.

"We found ways to get to and from," he said at the Sprint Center Monday afternoon. "I can't remember where I was when."

But Barnhart said he won't be complaining about his lack of bearings the past few weeks.

"It's been a special run for both teams," he said, looking around the women's basketball locker room during a media session, "especially for this group."

Barnhart said he had no idea how many miles he had traveled since the post-season started the first week of March, but he was enjoying the ride.

"It's been all good," he said. "It's been a real good journey to follow them and be with them."

He recently flew into Kansas City from Syracuse, N.Y., on a charter with a UK booster after the men lost.

"It's been outstanding," Barnhart said. "It's been a really remarkable journey. I couldn't be more proud of a group of young women. ... It's been an amazing, amazing run for them."

Triple threat

In one season, UK went from a team that couldn't even hit 30 percent from three-point range (29.6) to a team that made 45 percent (18 of 40) of those shots in the first three games of the NCAA Tournament.

"Just being in the tournament atmosphere I think it's given our team another motivation to knock down open shots and stuff," said sophomore Keyla Snowden, who has hit eight threes going into Tuesday's game.

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