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
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.
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GEORGIA 31 39 -- 70
VANDERBILT 30 44 -- 74