No. 4 Tennessee Uses Second Half Run to Defeat No. 17
Vanderbilt, 81-67 2/2/03
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt and Tennessee women's basketball
teams revisited one of the most storied rivalries in college
basketball on Sunday evening at Memorial Gymnasium. Unfortunately,
the home-standing Commodores fell to the fourth-ranked Lady
Volunteers, 81-67, in front of a crowd of 11,401.
With the loss, the Commodores fall to 13-7 overall and 3-4
in the SEC, while the Lady Volunteers push their overall record
to 18-3 and 7-0 in the conference.
With the Commodores trailing 8-6 early on in the first half,
they put together a 19-3 run over the next five plus minutes
to take a 25-9 lead. During the run, guard Ashley McElhiney
hit two three-point baskets and guard Abi Ramsey hit one.
During the Commodores' run, at the 11:07 mark of the first
half, senior All-American Chantelle Anderson hit the ground
falling a layup by guard Tia Battle. Anderson stayed on the
floor for a couple of minutes, but was able to get up and
walk to the bench under her own strength. After receiving
attention from the training staff, Anderson returned to the
game at the 5:55 mark of the first half.
Tennessee guard Kara Lawson finally stalled the run when she
knocked down a three-point basket at the 9:35 mark. Following
Lawson's three, the Lady Volunteers went on a 10-0 run of
their own to cut the Vanderbilt lead to 25-19. With the lead
cut to six, both teams began to go back-and-forth with baskets.
The Commodores went into the locker room with slim 37-34 lead.
Despite sitting out almost six minutes of the half, Anderson
led the Commodores with 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting in the
first half. McElhiney chipped in 11 points and dished out
six assists over the first 20 minutes. Nine of her 11 points
came from behind the arc (3-for-4). As a team, Vanderbilt
shot 62 percent in the first half on 16-for-26 shooting.
Tennessee was led by Lawson, who also had 13 points while
going 3-for-3 from three-point range. Freshman Shanna Zolman
finished the half with seven points and three assists. The
Lady Volunteers made half of their baskets during the first
stanza, as they went 12-for-24 from the field.
Tennessee started the second half on a 13-0 run, and this
was due to the play of Zolman. The Lady Volunteers took their
first lead since the 15:58 mark of the first half when Zolman
knocked down a three pointer at the 18:09 mark of the second
half. The freshman scored 10 points during the run.
The Commodores attempted to make a late run, but were only
able to get as close as nine. Lawson and Zolman continued
to play at a high level on the offensive end and finished
the game as Tennessee's high scorers. The two combined for
46 points on 16-for-24 shooting, while combining to go 9-for-12
from three-point range.
Anderson finished as the high scorer for the Commodores, as
she tallied 21 points. McElhiney recorded another double-double,
as she turned in 16 points and 10 assists. Tennessee was able
to keep forward Jenni Benningfield in check all night, as
the junior only scored eight points and added one rebounded.
Vanderbilt returns to action at 7 p.m. Thursday, February
6, when it hosts Alabama at Memorial Gymnasium. It will be
the 27th meeting all-time between these two foes with the
Commodores leading the series, 16-10. The Commodores have
won the last three meetings over the Crimson Tide.