Vanderbilt women's basketball team used a strong defensive
effort to propell them past Arizona State 61-35 and into the
"Sweet Sixteen" Monday night at Memorial Gym. Senior
Zuzi Klimesova scored 15 points to lead Vanderbilt offensively
while the Commodores' defense frustrated the Sun Devils into
their worst offensive performance of the season. The overall
result was a Vanderbilt win that sends the Commodores to the
regional semifinals for the eighth time in coach Jim Foster's
11-year tenure in Nashville and ends Arizona State's season
with their worst defeat of the year.
Commodores began the game strong, as they opened the contest
on a 12-2 run. The Sun Devils would respond from the early
run and cut the Commodores' advantage to six, 19-13, with
seven minutes remaining in the first half. However, Vanderbilt
would take back the momentum as they closed the half on a
13-2 run to take a 32-15 lead into the locker room. McElhiney
led the offensive attack for the Commodores in the first half
with 10 points while the Commodore defense held Arizona State
to 25 percent from the floor and forced ten Sun Devil turnovers.
The Sun Devils' 15 first half points were a season low as
they faced their largest halftime deficit of the year (17).
began the second half by attacking the inside with Anderson
and Klimesova, who combined for the Commodores' first 13 points
as the Commodores built a 45-22 lead. VU would not let the
Sun Devils get closer than 19 points the rest of the night
and pulled away for the 26-point win.
her final game at Memorial Gym, Klimesova led the 'Dores with
15 points, as four Commodores scored in double figures. Fellow
senior Jillian Danker added 13 points while juniors Chantelle
Anderson and McElhiney scored 14 and 12 points respectively.
Arizona State was led by Melody Johnson's 13 points. Defensively,
the Commodores held the Sun Devils to a season-low 35 points
on 28 percent shooting from the floor.
Commodores, the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, advance
to the regional semifinals in Ames, Iowa next weekend where
they will meet the No. 4 seed Tar Heels of North Carolina.