STARKVILLE, Miss. — Victoria Dunlap posted her 19th career double-double and the UK women's basketball team won its school-record fifth consecutive Southeastern Conference game with a 69-59 victory at Mississippi State on Sunday.
Dunlap, who had a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, became the 27th player in school history to score 1,000 points in her career. She also moved into 10th place on UK's career rebounding list with 694.
Freshman A'dia Mathies followed with 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and three assists. Junior guard Carly Morrow added a trio of three-pointers and finished with 11 points.
"Victoria was the difference in the game today, but it wasn't just her," UK Coach Matthew Mitchell said. "It wasn't just one person today, it was a team effort. We are a good team. We played with a lot of heart and I am so proud of our effort today."
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It was a back-and-forth battle through the first 30 minutes, with six ties and nine lead changes. But UK limited Mississippi State to two field goals over the final 8:02 while outscoring the Bulldogs 17-8. The Wildcats made 11 of 13 free-throw attempts during the stretch, including five from junior Amber Smith. Mathies also scored five points during the run, including two free throws and a key three-pointer.
Alexis Rack, the SEC's second-leading scorer, averaging 20.3 per game, was held to just 11 points on 4-for-23 shooting.
UK surpassed its SEC win total from last season.
"We have made a big move (from last year)," Mitchell said. "I could not be prouder. They are fine young women. They have worked really hard. We are a team that certainly has flaws. But we're in tune with what we need to do to have a chance to win. Not a lot of teams are willing to work that hard. This team has been. I give them all the credit."