UK Women's Basketball

UK's Dunlap named to player of year watch list

UK's Victoria Dunlap was a first-team All-American last season, averaging 18.1 points,  8.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals.
UK's Victoria Dunlap was a first-team All-American last season, averaging 18.1 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 steals.

Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap has been named to one of the nation's most prestigious pre-season women's basketball watch lists.

The senior and reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year was named to the 2010-11 pre-season Wade Watch list for the State Farm Wade Trophy, which goes to the women's player of the year.

The list of 25 players, released Wednesday by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, features four players from the SEC.

Dunlap, who last season was named UK's first All-American since Valerie Still in 1983, averaged 18.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.9 blocks.

She led the Cats to a 28-8 record and the NCAA Elite Eight while setting single-season school records for blocks (66) and steals (107).

The Nashville native is joined by Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund, Kelley Cain and Shekinna Stricklen on the list.

Connecticut's Maya Moore, who has won the award two straight years, also is on the pre-season watch list. The winner will be named during the 2011 Final Four in Indianapolis.

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