Victoria Dunlap, a former standout for Kentucky, is taking her talents to Washington, D.C.
After being selected 11th in the first round of Monday’s WNBA Draft in Connecticut, Dunlap became the highest draft pick in UK women’s basketball history. The previous high was Shantia Owens, who was a third-round pick in the 2000 draft.
The 6-foot-1 forward and two-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year was the only player in the league to rank in the top five in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and steals.
In 31 of her 33 games this season, Dunlap scored double figures, including 12 games with 20 points or more. She helped lead the Cats to two straight NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since the 1982 and 1983 teams accomplished that.
The Nashville native will leave her mark on the UK record books, including No. 1 in games plyed (133), second in scoring (1,846), rebounding (1,099), steals (307), blocked shots (178), free throws made (445) and attempted (714) and double-doubles (31).
Dunlap is the first player in school history to finish with more than 300 steals, 100 assists and 100 blocks in her career and just the second behind all-time great Valerie Still to end with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her career.