So much for preseason polls.
Picked to finish 11th by the Southeastern Conference media,
Kentucky is making a serious push for an SEC title.
A'dia Mathies scored 27 points and No. 20 Kentucky used a late
push to rally past Arkansas 71-57 on Sunday for its seventh
With the victory, the Wildcats moved within one half game of
idle Tennessee in the overall Southeastern Conference standings.
"They're a very good team," Arkansas coach Tom Collen said.
"They're a team that could very well win the Southeastern
Kentucky (20-3, 8-2) battled back and forth with the Razorbacks
for most of the first half. After building an early 8-0 lead, the
Wildcats settled for a 33-all tie at intermission as Arkansas got
four first-half 3-pointers from sophomore Lyndsay Harris to stay
"Arkansas really made us fight hard to win and took us out of a
lot of things we wanted to do," Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell
said. "I was proud of our team that we were able to assert
ourselves in the second half and do some things we wanted to do and
come away with the win."
In the second half, Kentucky trailed 42-40 with 14:02 left to
play before a 13-1 run helped put the Razorbacks away. The Wildcats
got 20 points from reigning SEC Player of the Week Victoria Dunlap
in the second half alone, while converting 15 of 17 free throws as
a team to help seal the win.
"Victoria has shown a real ability to hang in there," Mitchell
said. "She has had some games where she hasn't come out and played
well in the first half, but when she got going in the second half
it was big for us."
Dunlap added 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Harris scored 18 points to lead Arkansas and Charity Ford added
"I really think the difference was fatigue," Harris said. "It
was hard with some of our players playing as many minutes as we do.
Playing a team like Kentucky, it's now or never, and it's just hard
when you're fatigued."