Defense Leads Women's Basketball to 66-43 Victory Over
Anderson leads Commodores with game high 15 points
Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women's basketball team got back on
the winning track by defeating North Carolina-Charlotte on
Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium, 66-43. With the win,
the Commodores move to 8-2 on the season, while the 49ers
fall to 6-5.
While the Commodores did not play their strongest game on
the offensive end, their defense was stellar the entire afternoon.
Head coach Melanie Balcomb's squad held the visiting 49ers
to 32 percent shooting from the field and 11 percent shooting
from three-point range.
The 43 points scored by Charlotte was the fewest points it
has scored this season, while it was the fewest points Vanderbilt
Both teams struggled on the offensive side of the ball, as
Vanderbilt went into the half with only a 24-14 lead. The
Commodores finished 10-for-25 for 40 percent in the first
half, while the 49ers shot 7-for-32 for 22 percent. Vanderbilt
went 3-for-8 from three-point range, while Charlotte was 0-for-11
from behind the arc.
One of the stories of the first half was Vanderbilt's leading
scorer Chantelle Anderson getting into early foul trouble,
as she picked up two personals in the first 1:03 of the game.
The senior was able to avoid another foul, as she finished
the half with only two points and two rebounds in only12 minutes
With the preseason All-American on the bench, forward Jenni
Benningfield helped pick up the slack on the offensive end.
In 13 minutes of action, she scored eight points and grabbed
six rebounds. Guard Abi Ramsey chipped in with five points.
Vanderbilt turned up its level of play on both ends of the
court in the second half en route to its 23 point victory.
Anderson was also able to avoid foul trouble, as she poured
in 13 points in the second half to give her a game high 15.
She also grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots.
While Benningfield only scored two points in the second half,
she still finished with 10 points and a game high 10 rebounds
for her fourth double-double of the season. Ramsey had a productive
afternoon for the Commodores, as she tallied 13 points and
five rebounds. The sophomore went 3-for-4 from behind the
arc. Guard Ashley McElhiney recorded nine points and dished
out eight assists.
The Commodores only took 50 shots for the game; however, they
still shot an outstanding 48 percent from the floor. They
also had a lot of success from behind the arc, and they dropped
seven of their 16 three-point attempts.
Charlotte was led by guard Leslie Cook, who finished with
10 points. Cook recorded both of the 49ers three pointers,
as the team finished 2-for-18 from outside.
The women's basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m. (EST)
Thursday, January 2, against the University of Louisville
at historic Freedom Hall in Louisville.