(Jan. 7, 2002) ÑÊIn its final non-conference game of the season,
eighth-ranked Vanderbilt jumped out to an early lead and cruised
to a 71-32 victory over the University of Louisville before
3,792 at Memorial Gymnasium. The margin of victory, 39 points,
was the second-largest of the season behind only the 106-64
triumph Dec. 31 over Canisius.
Commodores (14-3) opened with a 23-2 run, which included baskets
by four of the five starters. Freshman Ashley Earley scored
the first four points on put-backs and added a jump shot that
made it 10-2. Chantelle Anderson had seven points during the
run, Jillian Danker had six and Zuzi Klimesova added four.
The Lady Cardinals (9-5) got no closer than 19 the rest of
the way. They made only 13 field goals the entire contest
and shot 21 percent from the floor (13-62).
shot a season-low 44.2 percent, but outrebounded UL 45-38
and blocked a season-high four shots. Anderson accounted for
two of the blocks and became the ninth player in program history
with at least 100 blocks for a career. She got to 100 exactly
and with 18 points moved past Heidi Gillingham into sixth
place on VUÕs career scoring list.
led all scorers with 19 points. The SECÕs leader in free throw
shooting, she was seven-for-seven from the line and made two
of four 3-point attempts (five-for-eight from the field overall).
Earley finished with eight points but also had a game-high
13 rebounds, eight points three assists and a steal. Klimesova
added eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
led 42-14 at halftime and promptly stretched that cushion
with an 18-3 run to open the second half. Anderson scored
eight points during that stretch. The Commodores led 70-27
with 3:32 to play when coach Jim Foster emptied the bench.
No one played more than 27 minutes and everyone played at
least four for VU.
center LaKisha Hoffman led Louisville with nine points. No
one else scored more than five.
Commodores won 14 of 16 against non-conference opposition.
It was their most victories against opponents outside the
SEC since they won 15 in 1995-96.
begin the heart of the conference schedule 7 p.m. Thursday
at Memorial Gym against the University of Kentucky.