Women's Basketball Cruises to, 98-51, Victory of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Commodores use 24-0 first-half run to blow game wide open
Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women's basketball team was able to
rebound from a difficult seven-point loss to No. 6-ranked
Purdue last Saturday, as it defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
98-51, on Tuesday night at Memorial Gymnasium. With the win,
the Commodores move to 5-1 on the season, while the Panthers
fall to 3-5.
Vanderbilt was relentless from the start, as senior guard
Ashley McElhiney hit a three pointer 15 second into the game
to give the Commodores the lead. The Panthers knotted the
score up at 3-3 following a three pointer by guard Anne White.
The 3-3 tie would be the closest the Panthers would get the
rest of the game.
With the Commodores nursing an 11-7 lead less than four minutes
into the game, they kicked their offense into overdrive. Vanderbilt
went on a 24-0 run over the next 9:19 to take a decisive 35-7
lead. The Panthers would end the long scoring drought following
a free throw by center Maria Viall.
Sophomore guard Abi Ramsey had the hot hand during the stretch,
as she knocked down three three-point field goals. Ramsey
set a new career high for points and three-pointers in the
first half alone. She finished the first 20 minutes of the
contest with 15 points on five three pointers. Her previous
high was 12 points, which she had at Vermont back on December
Vanderbilt went into the locker room with a convincing 56-13
lead. The Commodores 43 point lead was the highest halftime
margin in Vanderbilt women's basketball history. Vanderbilt
largest lead following the first half was previously 40, which
was against Towson State back on February 21, 1995.
Vanderbilt shot lights out in the half, as it went 17-for-29
from the field for 59 percent. The Commodores also knocked
down nine of its 13 three-point shots. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
was only able to manage three field goals, as it shot 14 percent
from the field.
The Commodores kept things going in the second half; however,
they only outscored the Panthers by a 42-38 margin. Vanderbilt
shot 61 pecent in the second half on 17-for-28 shooting. For
the game, it shot an incredible 60 percent from the field.
McElhiney had a solid night overall for the Commodores, as
she finished with eight points and 10 assists. Her 10 assists
gives her 507 for her career moving her to No. 2 on the Vanderbilt
all-time list. To become Vanderbilt's all-time leader in assists
and pass Ginger Jared (1993-96), McElhiney only needs 10 assists.
Senior center Chantelle Anderson was the game's high scorer,
as she poured in 22 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field
and 8-of-11 shooting from the stripe. Ramsey cooled down in
the second half, but still finished the game with 18 points.
Forward Jenni Benningfield chipped in with 17 points and six
Forward Kimberly Becker was the leading scorer for the Panthers,
as she finished with 14 points. Viall also chipped in with
13 points, as the Panthers finished the game shooting 34 percent
from the field.
The Commodores return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday, as part
of a double-header with the men's team, when they take on
in-state rival Austin Peay at Memorial Gymnasium. The Commodores
have owned the all-time series against the Lady Govs, 10-1.
The last time these two teams squared off was during the 1990-01
season, which Vanderbilt won 111-60 in Nashville.