No. 11 Kentucky (11-1) vs. University of Tennessee at Martin (7-7)
Kentucky survived a scare against Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the No. 11 Cats had another scare of a different kind. Senior star Victoria Dunlap left the game with an ice pack on her left knee after going down with a little less than 10 minutes to go in an otherwise uneventful 68-47 victory over University of Tennessee at Martin. After the game, Dunlap said she thought the knee was fine.
For the third straight game, Keyla Snowden led UK (11-1) in scoring with 17 points, including five three-pointers. Samantha Drake played some quality minutes at the power forward spot, a place Coach Matthew Mitchell has been struggling to fill. The freshman forward finished with career bests of 14 points and 13 rebounds. It was her first career double-double. A’dia Mathies added 10 points and four rebounds in the win, UK’s 25th straight at Memorial Coliseum.
- Even without its senior leader, Cats up 62-42 with 3:55 to go.
- Dunlap has been up and walking around on her sore left knee. UK is reporting that it’s a bad bruise, but she will be evaluated later.
- Doctors appear to be checking Dunlap’s left knee and she still appears to be in a ton of pain. UK has a 52-34 edge with 7:57 to play in the game. Skyhawks held without a point for nearly four minutes before Taylor Hall hits a three-pointer.
- Teammates Dunlap and Crystal Riley have collision going for the ball. Riley is up, as is Dunlap, who appears to be in a lot of pain. She had to be carried off by two trainers. It’s hard to tell if it is a knee or ankle injury.
- After the Skyhawks score six straight, Coach Matthew Mitchell calls a timeout. Cats have 39-31 lead.
- Cats have 36-25 lead four minutes into the second half.
- HALFTIME: Kentucky 31, UT Martin 23. Snowden leads UK with nine points (all three-pointers) and Newsome has 13 points to lead the Skyhawks. She came into the game averaging 15.8 points a game.
- Neither team has reached 30 points and there is 1:44 left to play. Cats up 29-17.
- The Skyhawks went nearly eight minutes without scoring and UK scored nine unanswered. Heather Butler’s 15-footer helped halt the scoreless streak and the Cats have a 24-13 advantage with 6:34 remaining in the first half.
- There is no flow to this game and there’s already been a two-minute span without a point for either team. Kentucky has a 13-7 advantage.
- UK has 8-7 lead with 15:56 to go in the first half.
UK starters: Jen O’Neill, A’dia Mathies, Keyla Snowden, Samantha Drake, Victoria Dunlap