DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Jasmine Thomas scored 24 points and No. 3
Duke used a late surge to stay unbeaten with a 54-48 win over No.
10 Kentucky on Tuesday night.
Freshman Chelsea Gray added 11 points and made the go-ahead
layup off a defender's fingers with 39.9 seconds left. Thomas was 8
of 24 from the field but hit four free throws in the final 14.7
seconds to seal the win for the Blue Devils (14-0).
They used a 52-36 rebounding advantage to overcome both 17
turnovers and 26.5 percent shooting to keep themselves among the
four undefeated teams in Division I and extend their winning streak
at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 16.
Keyla Snowden scored 15 points and Victoria Dunlap added 10 for
the Wildcats (11-2), who were held to a season-low point total,
matched a season high with 22 turnovers and had their six-game
winning streak snapped.
This was the latest in a string of early-season nonconference
top-10 tests at home for the Blue Devils, who beat then-No. 7 Texas
A&M by three points last month before topping then-No. 4 Xavier by
one - both behind dramatic performances from Thomas.
The gaudy offensive numbers weren't there for much of the way in
this one, but once again, she came through with a series of timely
She blocked Snowden's layup with less than 2 minutes left, hit a
jumper from the free throw line to tie it at 48 with 1:30 left and
pressured Snowden into a turnover with about a minute remaining to
set up Gray's winner. Gray drove the left baseline and flung up a
layup that was tipped in by Samantha Drake, putting Duke up 50-48.
After the Blue Devils forced a stop on Kentucky's following trip
downcourt, Thomas hit a free throw to make it a three-point game
and then blocked Snowden's tying 3 with about 9 seconds left and
added 3 of 4 free throws the rest of the way.
Dunlap, the Southeastern Conference player of the year last
season, was held to half her scoring average. But she helped
Kentucky rally from a nine-point halftime deficit by holding Duke
without a field goal for nearly 8 minutes. The Wildcats forced 12
straight misses before freshman Tricia Liston hit a 3 with just
over 12 minutes left for the Blue Devils' first basket of the half.
That came after Kentucky had a couple of serious droughts of its
own. The Wildcats were held to one field goal in an early 7-minute
stretch, then went without a basket for the final 8½ minutes of the
half - both eternities for a team that averages more than 80
The Blue Devils led 31-22 at the break after closing the half on
a 13-2 run keyed by Thomas. She hit three baskets in a 90-second
span to bounce back from a 1-for-10 shooting start. That finished
off an ugly opening 20 minutes in which the teams combined for 29
Both teams face quick turnarounds before their conference
openers. The Blue Devils play host to No. 14 Maryland on Thursday
night in the renewal of one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's
fiercest rivalries, while the Wildcats visit Arkansas the same
Dunlap 3-6 4-5 10, Drake 3-3 1-4 7, Mathies 3-10 3-7 9, Snowden 6-14 0-0 15, Conwright 2-9 1-2 5, Morrow 0-1 0-0 0, Pinkett 1-1 0-0 2, Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Henderson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 9-18 48.
Christmas 1-5 4-4 6, Peters 1-3 0-0 2, K. Thomas 0-4 0-2 0, Selby 0-2 0-0 0, J. Thomas 8-24 8-12 24, Wells 1-4 0-0 2, Gray 4-12 1-2 11, Scheer 0-0 0-0 0, Liston 2-4 0-0 5, Vernerey 1-10 2-6 4. Totals 18-68 15-26 54.
Halftime-Duke 31-22. 3-Point Goals-Kentucky 3-15 (Snowden 3-10, Mathies 0-2, Conwright 0-3), Duke 3-14 (Gray 2-4, Liston 1-1, Peters 0-1, Christmas 0-1, Wells 0-1, J. Thomas 0-6). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Kentucky 36 (Mathies 10), Duke 52 (Vernerey 10). Assists-Kentucky 8 (Conwright 4), Duke 7 (Wells 3). Total Fouls-Kentucky 19, Duke 18. Technical-Kentucky Coach. A-5,314.
Team Records and Series Notes
• Kentucky falls to 11-2 while Duke improves to 14-0.
• UK is 0-3 all-time against Duke. This was the Cats’ first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium and the first meeting between the squads since 1995.
• The Wildcats are now 1-1 this season against ranked opponents after defeating No. 12 Notre Dame on Nov. 21. UK is 49-189 all-time vs. teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 at the time of the game.
• Kentucky is 10-15 all-time against teams from the current alignment of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• UK’s last win over an ACC opponent was Dec.31, 2005 against Wake Forest in Lexington’s Rupp Arena, 82-77.
• Kentucky returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on Arkansas in the Cats’ Southeastern Conference opener. Opening tip is slated for 8 p.m. ET.
Team Game Notes
• Key run: With Kentucky leading 48-46 with 2:42 remaining in the game, Duke closed out the contest on an 8-0 run to make the final 54-48 margin.
• Kentucky started with the lineup of Victoria Dunlap, A’dia Mathies, Keyla Snowden, Samantha Drake and Maegan Conwright for the first time this season.
• UK has used nine different starting lineups in 13 games.
• Kentucky has started a freshman in 82 of 114 games during the Matthew Mitchell era, including 50 consecutive.
• The Wildcats’ 48 points were its fewest in any game this season.
• Kentucky withstood two long scoring droughts during the first half that totaled 14:40 and still managed a single-digit deficit at the half.
• UK held Duke to 26.5 percent (18-of-68) from the field, the lowest since holding Arkansas Pine-Bluff to 20 percent (10-for-50), Dec. 21, 2010. The Wildcats held Duke to its lowest shooting percentage of the season.
• UK forced Duke into 17 turnovers and has forced double-digit miscues in 61 consecutive games, dating back to the 2008-09 season. The Wildcats scored 13 points off of those 17 Blue Devil miscues.
• The Cats are now 32-24 (.571) overall in games decided by 10 points or less under head coach Matthew Mitchell and 2-1 this season.
• UK has hit a three-pointer in 236 consecutive games, dating back to the 2003-04 season. The Wildcats were 3-of-15 (20.0 percent) from beyond the arc on Tuesday.
Individual Game Notes
• Junior guard Keyla Snowden led the Wildcats in scoring for the fourth consecutive game, totaling a team-high 15 points.
o Snowden holds the school record for consecutive games with a three-pointer at 23.
o Has connected on 23-of-45 three-point field goals during the last five games.
• Freshman center Samantha Drake played a career-high 38 minutes against Duke, going a perfect 3-for-3 from the field for seven points.
o Drake tied her career high with four blocks. She also had four blocks against Morehead State in the season opener on Nov. 12, 2010.
• Senior forward Victoria Dunlap contributed 10 points to move into a tie for ninth place on UK’s all-time career scoring list. She ties Stacey Reed, who accumulated 1,482 career points from 1991-95.
• Sophomore guard A’dia Mathies scored 10 points, marking her 10th consecutive game with double-figure point totals.
o Mathies has scored in double-figures 38 times in 49 career games.
o Mathies tied her career high with 10 rebounds. She has brought down 10 boards on two previous occasions, last vs. Tennessee Tech on Dec. 7, 2010.
o Freshman guard Maegan Conwright played a career-high 36 minutes, eclipsing her previous best of 31 minutes logged at Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 14, 2010.