University of Kentucky senior Victoria Dunlap was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday in voting by the league's basketball coaches.
Dunlap also was named to the eight-player All-SEC first team.
Dunlap's UK teammates A'dia Mathies (second team, all-defensive team) and Bernisha Pinkett (all-freshman team) also received league honors.
The trio has helped lead the Wildcats to a 22-7 record and a second-place finish in the SEC.
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Dunlap, a 6-foot-1 native of Nashville, is the first Wildcat to be named Defensive Player of the Year.
She was SEC Player of the Year as a junior. This season, that honor went to Shekinna Stricklen of Tennessee.
"I was not disappointed," Kentucky Coach Matthew Mitchell said of Dunlap missing out on a repeat. "I was very grateful that we have those caliber players in this program. I'm just so appreciative that other people recognize that these kids are talented and have worked hard.
"Where we finish in individual awards are great for that individual in five, 10, 15 years down the road. It doesn't impact what we're trying to do as a team. Victoria was honored with Defensive Player of the Year and as a first-team player and I think she was recognized for her outstanding play."
Dunlap ranked sixth nationally and led the SEC in steals per game (3.3).
She made the All-SEC first team for the second consecutive season.
Dunlap leads the league in scoring (16.7 points per game), and ranks second in field-goal percentage (.462), fourth in rebounding (8.8) and fourth in blocks (1.5). She has scored in double figures in 26 games this season, including 17 in a row. She is only the second player in UK history to record more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Mathies, a 5-9 sophomore from Louisville, made the All-SEC second team for the second year in row. She is averaging a career-high 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.2 steals. Mathies has scored in double figures in 23 of UK's 29 games.
Pinkett, a 5-7 guard from Washington, D.C., has seen action in all 29 games, earning starts in UK's last three SEC wins. Despite playing just 17.1 minutes per game, she is UK's fourth-leading scorer (7.2 ppg).
■ Arkansas junior guard C'eira Ricketts, a Fairdale graduate, was named to the second team. Ricketts averaged 14.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists.