UK Women's Basketball

UK women rally from 10 down, edge Florida 59-58

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Victoria Dunlap scored 12 points, including two free throws with 10 seconds remaining, to help No. 19 Kentucky rally to beat Florida 59-58 on Thursday night.

Jennifer O'Neill added 15 points for the Wildcats (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference), who overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 5:29 for their third consecutive victory.

Dunlap's layup put Kentucky ahead 57-55 with 44 seconds remaining, but Florida's Deana Allen answered with a three-pointer on the other end.

The Gators were up 58-57 when Azania Stewart fouled Dunlap in the closing seconds. She sank both free throws.

The Gators (12-8, 2-4) failed to rally and lost their third straight.

Allen led Florida with 13 points. Jaterra Bonds and Jordan Jones added nine points apiece.

The Wildcats overcame 15 turnovers and 13 missed three-pointers with 10 offensive rebounds and 10 steals.

The key run came with the Cats down 54-45 with 5:12 to play, when O'Neill scored five straight points to put UK within striking distance.

The Cats have used 10 starting lineups this season, but Coach Matthew Mitchell seems to have settled on a good one, going 3-0 with Dunlap, A'dia Mathies, Carly Morrow, Brittany Henderson and Kastine Evans.

Dunlap continues to be the catalyst. She was held below her SEC-leading averaged of 17.7 points coming into the game but grabbed eight rebounds with two steals and two assists.

With 968 career boards, Dunlap moved into second place on UK's all-time rebounding list, passing Jennifer Humphrey who had 964 from 2003-07.

She has scored in double figures 15 times this season (six games in a row).

It was the first time O'Neill, a freshman guard, has led the Cats in scoring.

UK forced Florida into 24 turnovers and has now forced 10 or more in 66 consecutive games, dating to the 2008-09 season.

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