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Vanderbilt at Temple
84-74
1 pm
December 9, 2001

Story

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. - Junior center Chantelle Anderson totaled a game-high 24 points and senior forward Zuzi Klimesova added 18 points leading the #3 Commodres to an 84-74 road win over the Temple Owls.

The first half was a see-saw battle with six ties and nine lead changes. The Commodores led by four points on four different occasions. With the score tied at 34 with 39 seconds remaining in th half, Anderson converted a 3-point play with 26 seconds left giving VU a 37-34 haltime lead.

The Owls opened the second half with five consecutive 3-pointers - three by Natalia Isaac and two by Stacey Smalls - and owned an eight-point lead, 56-48, at the 13:05 mark. The Commodores then went on a 27-4 run, including 19 unanswered points, for a 15-point lead, 75-60 with 4:48 remaining in the game. During that run, the Commodores held the Owls scoreless for almost six minutes. Freshman Ashley Earley came off the bench to total 10 points in the Commodore run.

VU hit 9-10 free throws in the final 2:14 to seal its 10th win of the season.

The Commodores shot 68.3 percent (28-41) against a tenacious Owl defense that caused 19 turnovers. Anderson hit 9-10 from the field and 6-6 from the line and totaled a game-high eight rebounds. Klimesova added six assists. Other Commodores in double figures included Jillian Danker with 14, Ashley McElhiney with 11 (six assists) and Earley with 10 (six rebounds).

Temple, who entered the game shooting 28.7 percent from 3-point range (23-80), connected on 12-25 from beyond the arc led by Isac with six (nine attempts).

 

Quotes

VANDERBILT HEAD COACH JIM FOSTER:
On being down by eight in the second half:
We schedule tough games on the road because of our league and this (Temple) is a great team. With a 30-second clock, the game is never over. Our bench energized us tonight. We were a little flat-footed, but when Colli (Juli) and Earley (Ashley) came in, that really energized our defense.

On returning to his alma mater:
Temple is one of the few schools that accepted me. It was a great place for me to go to college and pursue what I wanted to do. They gave me an opportunity to coach basketball.

On Temple:
They play hard. Their offense was better today than earlier in the season and Dawn has done a great job. I have always been in favor of tough schedules and I respect coaches who understand that is important.

On Ashley Earley's play in 19-0 run:
Ashley Earley is a talented player. She can score off the bounce - we can shoot 3-s and post up, and for her to come in and do what she did, that really helped our basketball team. When your team is effective on offense and shots aren't falling, you are in for a long night. Our defense energized us in the second half today.

TEMPLE HEAD COACH DAWN STALEY:
They (Vanderbilt) are a great team. They read defenses really well. We did a good job and our first 20 minutes were great, but you can't hold a great team down for 40 minutes. I was hoping they had an off night.

On 3-Point Shooting:
We started to penetrate the zone, but we settled for outside shots. When we did, we got success out of that. Those 3's weren't plays we designed but sometimes you have to let players play - but that probably hurt us in the second half.


 









 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
                   
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