Vanderbilt at Alabama
7 pm
January 17, 2002


TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA (TICKER) -- Zuzi Klimesova and Chantelle Anderson each scored 17 points as fifth-ranked Vanderbilt coasted to a 69-46 Southeastern Conference rout of Alabama.

Vanderbilt (17-3, 3-1 SEC) received a dominant performance from its frontcourt, with Klimesova making 8-of-12 shots and Anderson going 7-of-10. Forward Jillian Danker added 12 points while Klimesova grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Commodores held a 30-24 halftime lead before taking command by shooting 58 percent (14-of-24) in the final 20 minutes. Vanderbilt posted its fifth straight win since a 71-52 loss at Southeastern Conference in the SEC opener on January 3.

LaNisha Cartwell fouled out with 13 points to lead Alabama (11-6, 1-3), which shot 37 percent (10-of-27) in the second half. No other player for the Crimson Tide had more than six points.

Vanderbilt forced 17 turnovers and snapped a two-game road losing streak.

NOTE: Senior forward Jillian Danker scored her 1000th career point at the 3:57 mark in the first half when she connected on a three-pointer from the left side. She joins teammates Zuzi Klimesova and Chantelle Anderson in the 1000-point club. Danker becomes the 21st Commodore to score at least 1000 career points.



Vanderbilt Head Coach Jim Foster:
You play the season and different things happen and you have to adjust. Alabama really came at us in the first half. Our defense kept us in the game.

Question: You're team has not played as physical in the past as they do now - do you think they are stronger?
JF: Yeah, I do - We'll dance - whatever the dance.
I think there has been a perception in the past that Vanderbilt can be intimidated - I like that someone (reporter who asked the question) who has watched this game for a while has seen that (VU's progress).

On Jenni Benningfield's play:
She came in and gave us a lot of things - she did some good things. Juli Colli did too - Abi (Ramsey) did some good things defensively. I'm not afraid to go to my bench.

Zuzi Klimesova:
On Physical nature of game:
I can not remember a game in the SEC that has not been physical ever since my freshman year. They are all physical.

Alabama Head Coach Rick Moody:
Obviously, Vanderbilt has a great basketball team. I give credit to them - they came out in the second half and executed their offense.

I am disappointed that we did not do the things in the second half on both ends of the floor that we did in the first half. We never got our transition game going. If you want to beat great teams, you're not going to shut them out. You can't expect to score 46 points and win the the SEC. When a team (VU) spreads a defense out, you have got to forct the basket and we didn't do that.

On Alabama Not Taking a One-and-One Free Throw Attempt:
I don't think I've ever coached a game when we didn't shoot a 1 and 1 free throw -- I guess Vanderbilt plays perfect defense.

On Chantelle Anderson:
When you quit on a play with Chantelle Anderson, you might as well count it because they are going to pass it in and she will get a layup.


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