Vanderbilt women's basketball team began their quest for a
trip to San Antonio and 2002 Women's Final Four with a first
round 63-38 win over Oakland Saturday night at Memorial Gym.
The Commodores, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region, were
led by SEC Player-of-the-Year Chantelle Anderson, who posted
her sixth double-double of the year as she tallied 28 points
and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds.
Oakland scored the first two points of the game, the top-seeded
Commodores went on a 12-0 run open up a ten point advantage.
Vanderbilt continued their offensive pressure and extended
their lead to 19 at 30-11 late in the first half before Oakland
would close the half on a 6-0 run to cut the 'Dores advantage
to 30-17 at the break. Anderson and McElhiney each scored
ten first half points to lead Vanderbilt. In the second half,
the Golden Grizzlies opened the half with a three-pointer
to cut the lead to ten, but that would be as close as they
would get. The Commodores would respond with a 15-4 run that
extended their lead to 21 at 45-24. Vanderbilt would extend
their lead to as many as 25, the final margin, several times
as they closed out the 63-38 win.
addition to Anderson's 28 points, the Commodores (28-6) got
12 points from Ashley McElhiney and ten points from Jillian
Danker. Oakland (17-14) was paced by Katie Wolfe's 16 points
and Sarah Judd's 14 points.
Commodores advance to Monday's second round game against Arizona
State. The Sun Devils, the No. 9 seed in the Midwest, defeated
eighth seeded Wisconsin 73-70 in Saturday's first game at
Memorial Gym. Tipoff for Monday's game at Memorial Gym is
at 7:30 p.m. and will televised nationally on ESPN2.