Tenn. (Jan. 5, 2002) Sixth-ranked Vanderbilt scored
nine of the first 11 points and never looked back as it rolled
to a 77-62 victory over No. 25 Penn State.
Klimesova and Chantelle Anderson combined for 42 points as
the Commodores (13-3) scored more than 70 for the 15th time
in 16 games this season. Anderson made eight of 12 field goal
attempts and finished with 22 points. Klimesova was nine-for-14
and added 20 points.
State (9-6) got 21 points from guard Kelly Mazzante and a
game-high 11 rebounds from Rashana Barnes but fell behind
early and got no closer than six points over the final 37
a nationally ranked opponent for the third time in four games,
the Commodores shot 56.9 percent from the field (29-51) and
crafted a sizable edge in rebounds, 34-27 before a season-high
crowd of 9,712 (the 10th largest in program history) at Memorial
Gymnasium. The Commodores and Lady Lions had met twice previously
at Memorial, most recently Jan. 27, 1994, and both times PSU
had left with a victory.
made its first eight shots and nine of its first 11 as
well as its first three free throw attempts as it jumped
out to a 23-10 lead with 11:09 to go in the first half.
Commodores lead grew to as many as 20 points, 39-19,
after a basket by Klimesova with 4:20 remaining in the first
half. At halftime they were in front 47-28. Penn States
point total was its lowest of the season for the opening 20
minutes. The Lady Lions got within 12, 52-40, on a basket
by Jessica Brungo
with 15:26 remaining, but Vanderbilt answered with a 22-9
run over the next 10:50.
also had seven rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a
steal as she scored in double figures for the 14th consecutive
game. Ashley Earley and Jillian Danker each contributed 10
points. Early, a freshman making her third consecutive start,
scored her 100th point of the season when she made a running
jumper with 12:38 to play. She tied Klimesova for the team
lead in rebounds with seven of her own.
Ashley McElhiney finished with four assists and moved past
Donna Harris for eighth place on VUs list for career
assists with 381. Jade Huntington is seventh with 402.
next contest is 7 p.m. Monday at home against the University