Don't tell anyone, but the University of Kentucky appears to have a pretty good basketball team. Well, yes, there is the one with John Wall, Patrick Patterson, and company, but there is also one led by a young woman named Victoria Dunlap. This team of Wildcats has matched its male counterparts 8-0 start but unlike the men, the women are hardly in sight at all.
Yes, the Lexington Herald-Leader does post the game scores, but if anyone cares to check the newspaper's online site, he or she will find a schedule that displays ZERO results. It is filled, as of December 7, 2009, with "TBA" - to be announced. And unlike for the mens' team, readers will find no box scores for any of the games so far. And this is local media coverage?!
Is it any wonder then that so far as national sports reports go, Yahoo for example, a check of the womens team reports "no news", day in, day out, week by week? Is it any wonder then that these Wildcats have so far received not even ONE vote in the national polls?
"Yeah, but they haven't played anybody important yet." That could be valid. Who knows? What is known is that this team played and won three games in five days. It traveled to California to play and win a game and it traveled to Cincinnati to play a game where it trailed by eight points only to come back and win comfortably by ten. And it is doing this without a lot of height - only four players 6'1" or taller, with one of its newest weapons not eligible until after the fall semester (point guard Crystal Riley).
All of that said, one more win will match the best start in team history. Two more wins sets a new record and, assuming it happens, could just earn these Wildcats some attention. That tenth game will be against Louisville which only went to the womens' final last season and is highly regarded this year. Assuming these Wildcats take care of business against Florida A&M this Sunday, then UK fans can look forward to another intra-state battle worthy of some recognition. It might even prompt the LHL to update the schedule results AND post a box score.
We can but hope.