Vanderbilt vs Xavier
November 28, 2001
No. 3 Vanderbilt Commodores improved their record to 7-1 with
a 78-56 victory over Xavier tonight at Memorial Gym. The Commodores
jumped out to an early lead that would grow to 14 points late
in the first half. Xavier (2-3) cut the lead to 10 at halftime.
The Musketeers continued their run after halftime and drew
within 2 points midway through the second half. However, that
is as close as Xavier would get as the Commodores regained
momentum and pulled away for the 22 point victory. Junior
center Chantelle Anderson led Vanderbilt with a season-high
27 points. Zuzi Klimesova added 18 points, while Ashley McElhiney
had 15 for Vanderbilt. Xavier was paced by Amy Waugh and Reetta
Piipari who scored 12 points each.
Head Coach Jim Foster
(On having only seven fouls)
"Xavier is not the kind of team you foul a lot. They
are content to stay outside and shoot three's. I think we
played very smart defensive and were able to put a lot of
pressure on their offense. Chantelle [Anderson] might have
had the best defensive game of her career. I think our defensive
intensity was good tonight. We've been picking up our energy
ever since the Western Kentucky game."
"We a better rebounding team than we have been in the
past. We're very active going for the ball. When you shoot
as well as we're capable of and then can also put back your
misses, that's a nightmare for opposing teams. I think tonight
it really wore on them [Xavier] psychologically."
Junior center Chantelle Anderson
"My defense has been down right horrible lately. I approaced
this game only thinking about how I could improve my defensive
intensity. Playing well defensively really gives you more
energy. I know that I can keep improving my defensive pressure,
Senior forward Zuzi Klimesova
(On Xavier's run in the second half)
"Honestly, I wasn't even nervous. I knew we just had
to come back, and we did. We started making shots. On defense,
we were running around like headless chickens, but once we
settled down and started talking we were able to get back
in our rhythm."