No. 11 Kentucky 68, UT Martin 47

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

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at jsmith3@herald-leader.com.
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