NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Ashley
McElhiney scored 17 points as Vanderbilt beat Liberty
54-44 in the first round of the East Regional on Saturday.
The fourth-seeded Lady Commodores (22-9) play Boston
College in the second round Monday.
Liberty (26-4), seeded 13th, trailed the entire game
but closed to 37-34 on a layup by Katie Feenstra with
a little over nine minutes remaining. Vanderbilt responded
with a 9-0 run to push the lead to 13 with less then
five minutes to go.
McElhiney made four of six free throws in the final
minute to seal the victory.
The Lady Commodores led 31-21 at the break after shooting
44 percent in the first half. Liberty came into the
game allowing opponents only 34 percent from the floor.
The Lady Flames, meanwhile, shot 21 percent in the first
The teams also combined for 34 turnovers in the game,
18 by Vanderbilt.
Abi Ramsey was the only other scorer in double figures
with 11 points. Chantelle Anderson added seven points
and 10 rebounds.
Liberty was led by Daina Staugaitiene with 13 points.
Kristal Tharp and Agne Jasinskaite each added 10 points,
while Feenstra had seven points and 12 rebounds.
The Lady Flames have been to the NCAA tournament the
last seven years and have never advanced past the first