Vanderbilt at Kentucky
6 pm
February 21, 2002


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Chantelle Anderson scored 28 points, and Zuzi Klimesova had 16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 6 Vanderbilt beat Kentucky 73-57 Thursday night.

Freshman Ashley Earley added a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds for the Commodores (23-6, 9-4 Southeastern Conference), who have won three of their last four.

Rita Adams and Shambrica Jones had 12 points each, and SeSe Helm added 11 to lead the Wildcats (8-18, 1-12), who lost their 12th straight.

Anderson, who made 12 of 16 shots, scored the first seven points of the second half to give Vanderbilt a 46-24 lead. Kentucky got no closer than 15 the rest of the way.

Vanderbilt led by as many as 21 on several occasions. An 11-3 run gave the Commodores a 69-48 lead with 3:57 remaining.

Vanderbilt, which beat Kentucky 71-54 on Jan. 10 to start the Wildcats' losing streak, shot 53 percent to Kentucky's 42 percent and outrebounded the Wildcats 37-21.

Kentucky's only lead came on Rita Adams' long 3-pointer less than a minute into the game.

Anderson and Earley scored 10 of Vanderbilt's first 12 points, most coming from within six feet of the basket. Jenni Benningfield's 3-pointer gave the Commodores a 15-10 lead at the 12-minute mark.

Earley scored six straight points to spark a 16-4 run, increasing the margin to 37-21 with 1:47 remaining. Anderson scored the team's final three points as the Commodores held a 39-24 halftime lead.

Vanderbilt shot 57 percent in the first half to Kentucky's 38 percent and outrebounded the Wildcats 22-8.


Vanderbilt Head Coach Jim Foster:
On Slow Start:
The players reacted to the way the game started. The 30-second clock was not working on the first three possessions - it was starting and stopping - and the game didn't get a flow. After that was fixed, we played pretty good. We shot 57 percent in the first half and committed a total of 13 turnovers.

On Team's Game Plan:
Our game plan is to take whatever our opponent gives us. We do not go into a game with a specific game plan. Tonight, Ashley (Earley) found opportunities - how you guard us is how we react.

On Ashley Earley's Performance:
She's trying to work out being a freshman and working very hard on her shot. No matter how many times you tell them (freshmen) about how tough this league is, they just don't know until they play against this competition and respond to it.

On SEC Road Game Winning Record:
Finishing on the plus side on the road in this league is significant. Our seniors can take pride in that.

Freshman guard Ashley Earley:
I have been going more to the glass and attacking - our offensive set opens opportunities that I have been learning in practice.

Junior center Chantelle Anderson:
On Teammate Zuzi Klimesova -
We really enjoy working together. She can shoot and drive - Zuzi can play on the low block - I just really think we work well together.

On her play vs. Kentucky:
I don't have anything against Kentucky - we just did a good job of executing our offense - I was just going tonight.

Kentucky Head Coach Bernadette Mattox:
I'm proud with our freshmen and sophomores going against the #7 team in the nation. Even down 20 points, they still kept fighting.

On Chantelle Anderson:
She is obviously a Kodak All-American candidate and deservedly so. She does a great job inside and her people do a great job of getting the ball to her. They are a great perimeter playing team and that spreads the defense. It was obviously a great job by Vanderbilt tonight.

On Ashley Earley:
She started a few games ealier in the year for them and then came off the bench. She's got a great SEC body - very strong inside. We did not physically guard her in the first half, but we slowed her down in the second half.


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