Vanderbilt vs Georgia
74 - 70
March 7, 2003
Little Rock, Ark.
SEC Tournament


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Jenni Benningfield's 29 points made up for leading scorer Chantelle Anderson missing most of the game in foul trouble, leading No. 15 Vanderbilt to a 74-70 victory over No. 17 Georgia Friday night at the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Benningfield made 12 of 23 from the field to lead a hot-shooting Vanderbilt team that made 58 percent (30 of 52) of its shots. Vanderbilt advances to play LSU in the semifinals Saturday at Alltel Arena.

Anderson missed almost 14 minutes after picking up her fourth foul with 16:12 remaining in the game and Vanderbilt (21-8) trailed 42-36.

Georgia (19-9) led by at least six points until about 10 minutes remained when Vanderbilt started to take command. Benningfield's 3-pointer cut the lead to 54-53 with 9:09 to go and Nicole Jules gave the Commodores their first lead since late in the first half after a shot-clock violation by the Lady Bulldogs.

The teams traded the lead back and forth until Hillary Hager put the Commodores in front to stay at 64-62 with 3:12 to go.

Anderson came in soon after, made three straight baskets to give Vanderbilt a 70-67 lead with 24 seconds remaining and she deflected a 3-point attempt by Georgia's Christi Thomas 10 seconds later.

Ashley McElhiney grabbed the rebound and made two free throws with 11.5 seconds to go to seal the win.

Anderson finished with 14 points in 17 minutes, while Hager added 11 points.

Freshman Alexis Kendrick paced Georgia with 21 points, while Mary Beth Lycett had 20.

1 2 T
GEORGIA 31 39 -- 70
VANDERBILT 30 44 -- 74




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