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Vanderbilt vs Florida
74 - 58
March 6, 2003
Little Rock, Ark.
SEC Tournament

Story

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Abi Ramsey went 5-for-6 on 3-pointers in scoring 19 points and Chantelle Anderson also had 19 as No. 15 Vanderbilt beat Florida 74-58 Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Jenni Benningfield added 13 points for the Commodores (20-8), who finished 10-of-14 from 3-point range and shot 60 percent overall. They'll play No. 17 Georgia in the quarterfinals Friday night.

Vanessa Hayden led Florida (9-19) with 18 points. Tamia Williams had 10 points and Bernice Mosby grabbed 10 rebounds.

The loss ended a tough first season at Florida for coach Carolyn Peck, who guided Purdue to the 1999 NCAA championship. She inherited a young team following the surprise resignation of Carol Ross and had four freshmen and three sophomores among her top eight.

Florida went just 1-13 in the SEC but played better late in the season and trailed by only four points early in the second half Thursday night. But the Gators went 6 1/2 minutes without a basket and Vanderbilt broke it open with a 13-1 run that included 3-pointers by Hilary Hager, Ramsey and Ashley McElhiney.

Hager's 3 capped a run of seven straight points that made it 45-34. After Mosby made a free throw for Florida, Ramsey and McElhiney connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to take the lead to 51-35. Florida never got closer than 10 after that.

When Florida drew to 64-53 on Hayden's basket inside, Ramsey knocked down successive 3-pointers to finish off the Gators, who shot just 30 percent.

Florida made a game of it despite missing 17 of its first 21 shots. The Gators often got the shots they wanted but missed five layups or putbacks in the first 15 minutes and couldn't get anything going from the perimeter, either.

Still, Vanderbilt never led by more than 10 and when Florida started making a few shots, the Commodores found themselves in a battle.

Mosby hit a jumper in the lane to draw the Gators to 31-28 and they trailed just 34-32 after Tishona Gregory swiped the ball from McElhiney and drove for a layup. Benningfield then fed Anderson for a layup and made a jump shot to put Vandy up 38-32 at the half.

Florida closed to 38-34 in the first minute of the second half, then hit its cold spell and Vanderbilt pulled away.


1 2 T
FLORIDA 32 26 -- 58
VANDERBILT 38 36 -- 74

 

 

 









 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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