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
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
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
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FLORIDA 32 26 -- 58
VANDERBILT 38 36 -- 74