MARTIN, Tenn. -- Ashley McElhiney tried to pass the
glory off to her teammates, again.
The senior point guard set the Vanderbilt career record
for assists Sunday, in helping the No. 8 Commodores
to a 101-77 victory over Tennessee-Martin.
McElhiney finished with 15 points and 13 assists, giving
her 526 in her career and breaking Ginger Jared's record
"I'm not really a big stats person," McElhiney
said. "But it's exciting to break the record. You
have to have teammates to do it, though. I've had great
teammates to pass it to."
McElhiney nearly had a double-double by halftime, with
11 points and nine assists, as the Commodores (7-1)
took a 60-31 lead.
"I knew she had a good sense of the game, good
court knowledge," first-year Vanderbilt coach Melanie
Balcomb said. "She's doing exactly what I'm expecting
Tennessee-Martin (3-6) was playing its second game
in as many days, following a triple-overtime victory
against North Carolina-Asheville, and fatigue might
have come into play.
Vanderbilt led 12-2 less than three minutes in and
went up 34-13 with 10:20 remaining on a layup by Tia
Battle. McElhiney's feed on the basket gave her the
The Commodores' biggest lead was 77-39 with 14:45 remaining.
Tennessee-Martin outscored Vanderbilt 38-24 the rest
of the way.
"When we were down 29 at halftime, we wanted to
come back out and pretend it was 0-0," Tennessee-Martin
coach Gary Van Atta said. "They subbed a lot in
the second half, and we started scoring and got on a
roll. I thought our kids did a good job."
Chantelle Anderson scored 27 points for Vanderbilt,
Jenni Benningfield had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and
Hillary Hager added 12 points.
Amy Watson had 20 points to lead the Skyhawks, with
Danielle Page adding 13, Jenny Lanom 11 and Tiffany