Women's Basketball Fall in SEC Showdown to No. 13 South
Carolina, 66-57 1/16/03
Tenn. - Even though it was only Vanderbilt's second Southeastern
Conference game this season, there might not have been a more
important one as Thursday's game against No. 13-ranked South
Carolina. With the Commodores already standing at 0-1 in the
conference, they couldn't afford a loss to the Gamecocks.
Unfortunately, a late second half surge by the Gamecocks gave
them a 66-57 victory over the Commodores.
With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 10-5 overall and 0-2 in
the SEC, while South Carolina moves to 14-2 and 2-1 in the
One of the big stories of the game was South Carolina's play
down the stretch, as with the score tied at 53 with a little
less than three minutes remaining, they went on a 13-4 run
to close the game. Another story was the play of forward Jocelyn
Penn, who finished the contest with a game high 27 points,
21 in the second half, on an incredible 11-of-12 shooting
from the field. She also finished with eight rebounds and
In an evenly matched first half, neither team was able to
grab the momentum. The Gamecocks held the largest lead of
the half, which was four points (27-23). However, the Commodores
went into the locker room with a slim 29-27 lead.
Vanderbilt seniors Chantelle Anderson and Ashley McElhiney
both finished the first half with eight points apiece. Anderson
went 4-of-5 from the field, while McElhiney made two three-point
field goals. Both teams did not shoot well in the first half,
as Vanderbilt shot 39 percent, while South Carolina was only
The game continued to be see-saw affair throughout the second
half until South Carolina pulled away late in the game. Prior
to the game being tied at 53, the largest lead of the second
half was Vanderbilt 31-27 less than a minute into the half.
There were 10 lead changes through the first 13 minutes of
the second half.
While Vanderbilt finished with 18 turnovers compared to South
Carolina's 21, the Gamecocks scored 29 points off of those
turnovers. The Commodores were only able to score 14 points
off of the Gamecocks' mistakes.
Anderson finished as Vanderbilt's leading scorer, as she turned
in 20 poiints on 9-of-12 shooting. McElhiney chipped in with
11 points, five rebounds and three assists.
South Carolina guard Kelly Morrone was the only player besides
Penn to score in double figures, as she finished with 14 points
and six assists.
The Commodores will look for their first SEC win when they
return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday against SEC rival Kentucky
at Memorial Gymnasium. It will be the second of three-straight
home contests for Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has won the last
four meeting with Kentucky.