Vanderbilt vs Oakland
March 16, 2002
8:30 pm
Memorial Gym


The 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.

After 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.

In 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.

The 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.


Vanderbilt Head Coach Jim Foster:
"Oakland played hard. They are a good basketball team. I have a lot of respect for what they did tonight. They have an incredible leader in (Sarah) Judd. (Katie) Wolfe competed all night. They have a lot of character and heart. I have a lot of respect for their players and their coach."
"I thought our defensive effort was terrific. One of the best defensive games that we've played all year."
Vanderbilt Guard Ashley McElhiney:

"We came out top, but we didn't play to our potential. It's been two weeks since ourn last game, and it showed tonight. We have to put tonight behind us and come out Monday ready to play Arizona State."
Oakland Head Coach Beckie Francis:

"Vanderbilt really locked up on Judd and Wolfe nicely. Chantelle Anderson just took over in the second half. You can see why they are a great inside-outside team."
"We played the way we wanted to play. Sarah Judd did a tremendous job on Anderson before she got in foul trouble. Vanderbilt's defense was so good, sometimes we couldn't get a shot off. That was more than frustrating."
Oakland Guard Katie Wolfe:

"Every loss hurts. It sucks to lose, but you have to be happy to have gotten this far. I think we represented Oakland really well."


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