Vanderbilt at South Carolina
6 pm
January 3, 2002


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Jocelyn Penn scored 17 points to lead No. 14 South Carolina to a 71-52 victory over No. 6 Vanderbilt on Thursday night, continuing the Gamecocks' best start ever.

South Carolina (13-1) used a 18-2 run during the middle of the first half to pull away from the Commodores (12-3) and go on to a 37-21 halftime lead.

Penn had half of her 12 first-half points in the run.

ZuzI Klimesova had 17 points for the Commodores, who didn't get closer than 11 points in the second half.

Shaunzinski Gortman had 15 points and Kelly Morrone added 11 for South Carolina. The Gamecocks' largest lead of the game was 69-46 on a 3-pointer by Morrone with 2:21 left.

Chantelle Anderson, the Commodores' leading scorer at 20.9 points per game, was held scoreless in the first half. Her first point didn't come until a free throw early in the second half, then she picked up her fourth foul with 12:54 left in the game. She finished with three points.

The Gamecocks' aggressive defense got eight steals and forced the Commodores into 10 turnovers in the first half. Christina Ciocan hit a 3-pointer with 5:42 left to put the Gamecocks up 30-10 in the first half.

The Gamecocks shot 45 percent (10-for-22) from 3-point range. Gortman and Morrone each had three 3-pointers while Ciocan and Tatyana Triona each had two.

Vanderbilt leads the series 12-4 with all four of its losses in Columbia.


"They (South Carolina) outworked us - outplayed us - and outefforted us."

On rebounding from loss:
"If players can't respond -- if they have to be told something after this -- then they are in the wrong place."

"No one took responsibility on their shoulders. Seniors lead on the road - it starts with them."

"They (South Carolina) played very hard and very well. Our team did not respond to their effort or their tempo - soft teams don't win on the road."

Junior center Chantelle Anderson:
On her play:
"It was definitely me - they were physical, but everyone is going to be physical and I have to deal with it - I just didn't handle it."

Senior forward Zuzi Klimesova:
"We are responsbile for this loss - the game speaks for itself."


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