Women's Basketball Defeats Austin Peay, 84-50; Pick Up
10-Consecutive Win Over Lady Govs
Benningfield leads Commodores with season-high 20 points
Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women's basketball team picked up a
84-50 victory over in-state foe Austin Peay on Sunday afternoon
at Memorial Gymnasium. With the win, Vanderbilt moves to 6-1
on the season, while Austin Peay falls to 4-2.
The Commodores have now defeated the Lady Governors 10-consecutive
times and 11 of their 12 meetings all-time.
Head coach Melanie Balcomb and her squad continued their exceptional
shooting from the field, and this was evident in the first
half. The Commodores shot 16-for-23 for an incredible 70 percent.
Vanderbilt was also hot from behind the arc going 5-for-8
from three-point range.
Vanderbilt was paced by forwards Ashley Early and Jenni Benningfield
in the first half, as they both recorded 10 points. The two
combined to shoot 8-for-9 from the field. Guard Ashley McElhiney
chipped in with nine points and four assists.
The Commodores continued its relentless play on the defensive
end, as it held Austin Peay to only nine field goals and 20
points in the first half. As a team the Lady Governors shot
30 percent from the field. Guard Brooke Armistead, who entered
the contest averaging 21.4 points per game, tallied nine points
in the first 20 minutes of play.
The second half was not much different from the first, as
the Commodores continued their dominance inside. Vanderbilt
outscored Austin Peay, 40-16, in the paint. The only area
the Commodores did not play well in was on the defensive glass,
as the Lady Governors grabbed 24 offensive rebounds.
Benningfield was the story of the game, as she finished with
a double-double. She turned in a season high 20 points while
also grabbing 10 rebounds. Benningfield shot 75 percent from
the floor on 9-for-12 shooting.
McElhiney entered Sunday's contest 10 assists shy of the Vanderbilt
all-time record, which was by Ginger Jared (1993-96). The
native of Gleason, Tenn. finished with 14 points, on 5-for-7
shooting, and six assists. McElhiney now has 513 assists for
Center Chantelle Anderson finished with only 15 points, as
she was plagued with foul trouble for the majority of the
contest. Anderson only attempted five field goals; however,
she went 9-for-10 from the line. Early also had a solid game
turning in 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.
As a team, Vanderbilt shot 62 percent compared to Austin Peay's
30 percent shooting.
The Commodores are now off for seven days before hitting the
road to take on Tennessee-Martin at 3 p.m. Sunday in Martin,