Vanderbilt vs Florida
7 pm
January 24, 2002
Memorial Gym


The No. 6/5 Vanderbilt Commodores got 19 points from junior center Chantelle Anderson and a double-double from senior forward Zuzi Klimesova, but it wasn't enough to overcome No. 18 Florida, as the Lady Gators snapped Vanderbilt's 16 game Memorial Gym winning streak with a 62-51 victory Thursday night.

In the first half, both teams' defense dominated early as the game was tied 9-9 after ten minutes of play. However, after the slow start the Commodore offense awoke to make 11 of their last 14 field goal attempts of the first half. The Vanderbilt run was led by Anderson, who had 13 points at the break. An eight-point Commodore advantage with 1:30 left before the half was cut to one as the Lady Gators went on a late 7-0 run to close the half and cut the Vanderbilt lead to 31-30.

The two teams traded baskets for the first eight minutes of the second half but the Commodores didn't relinquish the lead until a 20-4 Florida run put the Lady Gators up by 13, 54-41, with just under five minutes to play. The Gators held off the Commodores over the final five minutes and secured the 11-point victory.

Anderson led all scorers with 19 points. Klimesova had 11 points and ten rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Florida (14-5, 4-2 SEC) was led by Vanessa Hayden and Monique Cardenas who each scored 14 points. The Gators' Brandi McCain added 13 points.

The Commodores (18-4, 4-2 SEC) will return to action on Sunday as they travel to Baton Rouge, La. for a meeting with No. 24 LSU. Tipoff is at 4:00 p.m. and the game can be seen on Comcast Sports Southeast.


Vanderbilt Head Coach Jim Foster:

"Florida totally outplayed us tonight in every facet of the game. We didn't play hard enough and we didn't play smart enough. We didn't have any emotion or intensity."

"We play in a league that isn't for the faint of heart. You have to come to play every night and we just didn't do that tonight."

Vanderbilt Forward Zuzi Klimesova:

"We are responsible for this loss as upperclassmen. If we can't regain our focus, how can we expect the freshmen to."

Florida Head Coach Carol Ross:

"I haven't had too many chances to smile in this gym. It has always been a tough place to play and tonight we beat a good team."


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