UK could have lost more than a game against Louisville


UK forward Victoria Dunlap puts the ball up against Bellarmine University at Memorial Coliseum on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009. Photo by Scott Hannigan

When the UK women’s basketball team was upset against rival Louisville Sunday, it could have lost more than just the game.

Late in the second half of the Cats 78-52 blowout loss at Louisville, reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Victoria Dunlap fell to the floor and instantly grimaced in pain.

The senior forward went down for the second time in 10 days after suffering a head injury in the semifinals of the Lady Eagle Thanksgiving Classic. Dunlap sat out the remainder of that game and the championship game on that occasion.

The most recent injury was diagnosed as a knee hyperextension and she is probable to play when the Cats return home Tuesday to face Tennessee Tech.

Dunlap is the leading scorer for the Cats and ranks in the top ten in the country in rebounds per game with 12.4.

Sophomore guard A’dia Mathies was also ailing after the game. When she entered the room for post game interviews, Mathies was sporting two ice packs, each on a respected leg.

Mathies said the injury was cramping and despite being sore, she’s expected to play Tuesday.

Mathies has started every game for UK and is the returning SEC freshman of the year.

The fact that neither injury appears to be serious is a blessing for the Cats. UK already lost a key part in last season’s Elite Eight run before the season even started when senior guard Amber Smith went down in a summer pick up game. Smith tore her anterior cruciate ligament. The recovery time on an injury like that varies, but best-case scenario could have Smith back in the line-up late in the season.