Vanderbilt at Arkansas
7 pm
January 31, 2002


Fayetteville, Ark. - Four Arkansas Lady Razorbacks scored in double-figures led by Shameka Christon with 21 points to help lead Arkansas to a 67-57 win over Vanderbilt.

Arkansas jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the 16:34 mark on a jumper from India Lewis. VU took its first lead of the game at the 12:07 mark when Chantelle Anderson hit a five-foot jumper with an assist from Tia Battle. Jillian Danker added a three putting VU up 17-13. Arkansas then outscored the Commodores 7-1, including two buckets from Christon and a 3-pointer from India Lewis for a 20-18 Lady Razorback lead. There were six ties and two lead changes in the final eight minutes of the half with Arkansas owning a 32-30 lead at intermission. VU committed 14 turnovers which resulted in 10 Lady Razorback points in the first half. Arkansas shot 13-40 from the field compared to VU's 10-17.

Anderson hit a layup at the 16:46 mark to give VU its final lead of the game, 36-35. After Ashley McElhiney hit two free throws at the 11:13 mark to narrow Arkansas' lead to two (46-44), the Lady Razorbacks went on an 8-0 run capped by a Dana Cherry layup after a Christon steal for a 10-point lead, 54-44. VU cut the lead to one, 56-55 on two more free throws from McElhiney with 3:02 remaining. Cherry hit another layup, Joy Oakley hit her only bucket of the night and the Lady Razorbacks hit seven of 10 free throws in the final 2:37 to hold on for the win, 67-57.

Vanderbilt outrebounded Arkansas 39-34 led by Anderson with 12. Arkansas totaled 19 offensive boards scoring 17 second chance points. Arkansas scored 18 points off 23 Commodore turnovers.

McElhiney totaled 12 points going 8-9 from the line and 2-7 from the field.

Other Lady Razorbacks in double figures included Cherry with 18, Lewis with 10 and Amy Wright with 10.

The Commodores were the second consecutive ranked team Arkansas defeated this week. The Lady Razorbacks defeated #7 South Carolina, 74-46, on Sunday.



Vanderbilt Head Coach Jim Foster:
Arkansas is very physical. We did not react very well to it. Chantelle (Anderson) did a better job tonight. Obviously, turning the ball over like we did didn't help us. Some of the turnovers were not intelligent plays and we didn't keep our head to their aggressiveness.
We did not step up to their aggressiveness - they (Arkansas) want the game to be a fight, we want it to be pretty.

Ashley McElhiney:
They took us out of our game - we lost our head and turned the ball over. That gives them more chances to score and they capitalized on it.

Chantelle Anderson:
There were several people on me, but that wasn't the difference in the game. We can't put it all on Mac (Ashley McElhiney) - we all need to want the ball.

Arkansas Head Coach Gary Blair
First thing I would like to say is thank you to the crowd. These 2000 fans sounded more like 7000. I told our kids that this was our premiere game, but we forgot to promote it.

We enjoy playing Vanderbilt because we respect them. We play them in fear - we have to grab, pinch and claw them. They have one of the best half court offenses in the country.
Tonight, we had to accentuate our strengths.

The press was huge in this ball game. We wanted to take time off the clock so they had 15-18 seconds to set up their offense. Ashley McElhiney is one of the best court generals in the country and we had to make them work. We were lucky that their perimeter players had an off shooting night.

When Chantelle Anderson got into foul trouble, we said to take it to her.

Isn't it a shame that those two point guards (McElhiney and Amy Wright) are not All-SEC performers? Vanderbilt would not be where they are without McElhiney and we would not be where we are without Amy Wright.

On Team's Rebounding Effort and 19 Offensive Rebounds:
Did you see those little midgets flying through the air?

On Team's Aggressive Defense:
We played that way against South Carolina too. We have to play that way to keep us in a game.

Dana Cherry:
On consecutive wins vs. two Top 10 teams:
This really builds our confidence. We are playing with a lot of intensity now.

On Playing Against Chantelle Anderson:
She is strong. We all had to help with her. We double teamed her, but she is going to get her points regardless - she is a good player.

Amy Wright:
On Three Consecutive Wins vs. Vanderbilt:
We had an extra emphasis because of the smack talk. Our coaches have us in the mindset that they (VU) don't like us and we don't like them. It serves as extra motivation.

Our plan was to frustrate them and not allow McElhiney (Ashley) to run their sets. Sometimes game plans work and sometimes they don't. Tonight it did.


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