UK Women's Basketball

Dunlap not practicing, but expected to play vs. Duke

Victoria Dunlap has not practiced since injuring her knee on Thursday, but her coach is optimistic she will be able to play in Kentucky's biggest game of the year on Tuesday.

UK's leading scorer and rebounder and the current Southeastern Conference Player of the Year has had some soreness and swelling and hasn't been able to practice yet as the Cats prepare to travel to No. 3 Duke on Tuesday night.

"She had a bruised knee," Coach Matthew Mitchell said through Kentucky's sports information office. "She is progressing, getting better every day. We are hopeful that she will be able to go Tuesday."

Dunlap was injured in the final 10 minutes of No. 11 Kentucky's win over Tennessee-Martin while diving for a loose ball with teammate Crystal Riley.

Dunlap, who averages 17.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.7 steals and two blocked shots a game, had to be carried off the floor by two student managers after the incident.

But she came into post-game interviews brace- and ice-free and indicated she would be fine.

Jennifer Smith

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