Dunlap's knee injury not serious

UK has 20-game home win streak on line

jsmith3@herald-leader.comDecember 7, 2010 

  • Kentucky (5-1)

    Probable starters — A'dia Mathies, 5-9, So., G (15.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg); Maegan Conwright, 5-8, Fr., G (10.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg); Keyla Snowden, 5-7, Jr., G (9.4 ppg); Carly Morrow, 5-11, Sr., G (3.3 ppg); Victoria Dunlap, 6-1, Sr., F (15.8 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 3.6 spg, 2.2 bpg)

    Top reserves — Bernisha Pinkett, 5-7, Fr., G (7.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg); Kastine Evans, 5-8, Fr., G (6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg); Samantha Drake, 6-3, Fr., F (6.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg); Brittany Henderson, 6-2, So., F (4.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg); Crystal Riley, 5-5, Jr., G (4.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

    Tennessee Tech (5-1)

    Probable starters — Tacarra Hayes, 5-7, Jr., G (15.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.2 spg); Rachel Glidden, 5-9, Jr., G (8.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg); Kylie Cook, 5-11, So., F (6.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg); Krystal Stirrup, 6-0, Jr., F (2.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg); Brittany Darling, 6-5, Jr., C (5.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg).

    Top reserves — Tiara Hopper, 5-11, So., F (8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg); Briana Jordan, 5-6, Fr., G (7.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg); Kellie Cook, 5-11, So., G (7.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg); Molly Heady, 5-9, Fr., F (5.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg); Candace Parson, 6-2, Fr., C (3.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg): Keisha Moore, 5-8, Fr., G (2.6 ppg).

After a bad loss to a big rival this weekend, Kentucky got some good news on Monday afternoon.

The Cats learned that senior forward Victoria Dunlap's knee injury is not serious and that she likely will play in Tuesday night's game against Tennessee Tech.

The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, was seen by the team doctor on Monday and has been diagnosed with a hyperextension of the knee, said a UK spokesman.

The 6-foot-1 forward went down clutching her left knee in the waning minutes of the Cats' 78-52 loss at Louisville on Sunday. She had to be helped off the court by two student managers.

Dunlap is third in the nation in rebounding (12.4 boards per game) and is in the top five in seven different SEC categories, including leading the league in rebounding, blocked shots (2.2) and steals (3.6).

After grabbing a career-high 23 rebounds at Louisville, she needs just four more rebounds to become Kentucky's third all-time leading rebounder.

A'dia Mathies, the SEC Freshman of the Year, also was better on Monday after suffering from severe leg cramps in the Louisville loss.

Also of note is that UK dropped from No. 8 to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press poll, which was released on Monday.

Kentucky didn't have much time to dwell on its largest loss in two seasons with a fellow 5-1 Tennessee Tech team coming to Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night.

UK has a 20-game home win streak on the line when the Golden Eagles come to town led by Kentucky native Tacarra Hayes.

Hayes, a 5-foot-7 junior, leads the Golden Eagles with 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, four assists and 2.2 steals a game. She played at both Marion County and Caverna and has led Tennessee Tech in scoring and rebounding the past two games.

Tiara Hopper, a standout at Butler in Louisville, is the Eagles' top player off the bench. The 5-11 sophomore forward is averaging 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.

The two teams haven't played in 22 years, with Tennessee Tech winning the last matchup 88-68.

First-year Coach Sytia Messer said Tech is looking forward to the game.

"Our team is feeling loose," Messer said. "The pressure is on them to defend their home court."

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