Steal and Free Throw With 0.7 Remaining Gives Vanderbilt
58-56 Victory Over No. 14 Georgia 2/16/03
forward Abi Ramsey remained cool under pressure as she
sank two free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining to give
the Commodores a 58-56 victory over No. 14 Georgia Sunday
afternoon in Memorial Gym. With the game knotted at
56 and the ball in hands of Georgia's freshman Alexis
Kendrick, Ramsey stole the ball and raced the length
of the court for the game-winning layup only to be fouled
by Lycett. Bulldog head Coach Andy Landers called two
consecutive timeouts to ice Ramsey. However Ramsey,
who came into the game averaging 58 percent from the
line, would not be deterred.
The battle between the two SEC East heavyweights was
scrappy from the tip. Both teams applied pressure defense
which resulted in 46 combined turnovers for the game.
Ramsey lead all players with her career-high seven steals.
The Bulldogs were having their way with the Vanderbilt
defense early by getting easy looks right at the basket.
But Georgia missed on several of their opportunities.
Vanderbilt, on the other hand, hand significant trouble
with the Georgia defense. With Georgia defending the
passing lanes, the Commodores were forced into 10 turnovers
in the first 10 minutes of the game. Senior Ashley McElhiney
was responsible for five of the early give-aways.
The Bulldogs entered halftime with a 28-26 advantage.
Opening the second half, each team had different strategies
for attacking the opposing defense. Vanderbilt was able
to get the ball into the post where junior Jenni Benningfield
and senior Chantelle Anderson dominated the half. Anderson
finished the game with 16 points.
Georgia’s strategy was to drive the lane and
take the ball right at our defense. Both methods worked
well as the game remained close throughout with the
largest lead being four points.
Georgia’s Sherill Baker, the reigning SEC Player
of the Week, was held scoreless until the 35th minute
of the game. The points came from a three-pointer that
tied the game at 49 with 4:52 remaining. Baker’s
only other points were to give Georgia the lead at 53-51.
On the next possession, McElhiney nailed a clutch three-pointer
to regain the lead at 54-53. Georgia’s Kendrick
answered the shot with her own three-pointer to give
the Bulldogs the lead again with 2:20 remaining.
The Commodores tied the game on a layup by Benningfield
with 1:20 left on the clock. Benningfield finished with
a game-high 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Ramsey’s heroics were all that remained to give
Vanderbilt their second victory over a ranked opponent
on the year.
Vanderbilt hits the road for a matchup with Florida
Sunday night in Gainesville, Fla. at 2 pm CT.