Despite a second-half rally and a team-high 17 points from sophomore Victoria Dunlap, the UK women's basketball team (13-11, 3-6 SEC) lost to No. 20/22 Vanderbilt (17-7, 7-2 SEC) 72-62 on Sunday in front of 6,051 fans at Memorial Coliseum 72-62..
Playing without their senior center Eleia Roddy for most of the game because of foul trouble, the Wildcats rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit midway through the second half to tie the game at 42-42.
Behind the play of its defense – UK forced 23 Commodore turnovers – and key jumpers from guards Carly Morrow and Amani Franklin, the Wildcats kept it close for much of the second half, but a 3-pointer from Vandy forward Christina Wirth put Vandy on top for good at 49-46.
Wirth finished with a game-high 20 points and Louisville, Ky., native Merideth Marsh chipped in with 15 points for the Commodores.
UK got 14 from Franklin and a season high-tying six points from senior Jenn'e Jackson off the bench, but the Wildcats could never take control without Roddy in the lineup. The senior center picked up her fourth foul three minutes into the second half, and she played just 12 minutes on Sunday.
With the win, Vanderbilt extended its winnings streak over to UK to 13 games.