and McElhiney Complete Home Career With 72-60 Upset
Over No. 4 LSU 3/2/03
Seniors Chantelle Anderson and Ashley McElhiney completed
their careers in Memorial Gym with a 12-point upset
over No. 4 LSU 72-60 Sunday afternoon in Nashville,
Tenn. Anderson had a game-high 24 points and four rebounds
while McElhiney controlled the offense by adding to
her Vanderbilt career assist record with four for the
game. Junior Jenni Benningfield continued her sensational
season as she had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Anderson, a Naismith finalist, dominated the game
in the post, but she was not alone. Several Commodores
scored at will at point blank range as a result of a
LSU came into the game with one of the best freshmen
in the nation in Seimone Augustus who leads the Tigers
in scoring at 15 points per game. Augustus, who scored
eight points in the first half, was shut down in the
second and only added four in the second stanza to finish
with 12 for the game.
The 7,312 in attendance was loud as ever on senior
night. One of the loudest moments came at the end of
the first half when Benningfield drew her 29th charge
of the season that preserved the 30-28 halftime lead
for the Commodores.
Vanderbilt also held a bookdrive to benefit the Charles
Davis Foundation. Those fans that came to Memorial Gym
with a book received admission to the game free of charge.
The second half would be more of the same from Vanderbilt.
The Commodores pounded the ball into the paint where
Vanderbilt had a 36-28 advantage for the game. The Tigers
had no answer for Anderson.
With the Commodores holding a 10 point lead, sophomore
Abi Ramsey made perhaps the play of the game. Ramsey,
as she does so often, recorded her fifth steal of the
game when she anticipated the LSU inbounds pass, got
fouled on the play, and sank both free throws to seal
the victory. Ramsey finished the game with seven points,
five rebounds, and one three-pointer.
Although LSU nailed a few three-pointers down the
stretch, the Tigers would never threaten again. LSU
was led in scoring by Doneeka Hodges who had 14 points
on the afternoon.
The game was concluded by an emotional series of events
for the two seniors. McElhiney and Anderson were given
flowers, joined by their parents, and were treated to
a special video encapsulating their tremendous careers.
Finally, they said a few words to the enormous crowd
that stayed around following the game.
The Commodores will next play in the SEC tournament
held in Little Rock, Ark. Check vucommodores.com for
updated info relating to the tournament.