UK Women's Basketball

Cats star Dunlap iffy for U of L

Kentucky's leading everything, Victoria Dunlap, is listed as questionable for the Wildcats' basketball game Sunday against Louisville, Coach Matthew Mitchell said at his news conference Friday.

Dunlap, tops in scoring, rebounding, steals and blocks for the Cats, has been sidelined for a week after a mild concussion she suffered in practice on Dec. 11.

Mitchell said Dunlap is making progress, but the 6-foot-1 junior did not participate in a full practice Thursday or Friday.

"That would pose a huge challenge if she wasn't able to play, and there's no guarantee that she will," Mitchell said. "We have to be ready to take the floor without her and see if we can win without her."

Mitchell explained that Dunlap's post-concussion headache returned during some exertion tests. If it goes away, she should be ready to play on Sunday.

"I'm not saying she's not going to play, but it's Friday, and she hasn't practiced yet, so we need to be prepared to go without her," Mitchell said.

Louisville has some injuries of its own. Starting point guard Desereé Byrd is out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Junior LaToya Johnson, the backup point guard, is out six to eight weeks with a stress reaction in her hip.

Cats cruise to 5,000

Kentucky's "Drive for 5K" reached its destination on Friday morning with 5,014 season tickets sold, breaking the previous mark of 4,808 season tickets sold during the 2005-06 season.

Season tickets are still available for $45 for the remaining 11 games.

Mitchell applauded the efforts of Kentucky's marketing department and his team for helping.

"The best marketing tool we can have is to have a good team and a team people want to come watch," Mitchell said. "People want to come watch a team that's winning."

Kentucky (9-0) has been ranked in the top 25 nationally and the top four in the Southeastern Conference in average attendance for six straight seasons.