Dandy Vandy Sends Lady Tigers Packing

Hot-shooting Vanderbilt ended Auburn's run at the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.

Nashville, Tenn.--Second verse, same as the first.

Although there was a lot less scoring than in their game earlier in the week, the results were the same as Vanderbilt advanced to the semi-finals of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament with a 55-39 victory over Auburn on Friday night.

Vandy, which is ranked fifth in the nation, improved its record to 25-6. On Sunday, in its regular season finale at Memorial Gym in Nashville, the Lady Commodores outscored Auburn 72-54.

It was cold outside the Gaylord Entertainment Center on Friday night and even colder on Auburn's side of the court as the Tigers got off to a slow shooting start and never really warmed up as their 2001-2002 season came to a close.

Auburn hit just 5-20 first half shots to fall behind 32-17 at the break as the taller Commodores, the nation's best shooting team, hit 54.2 percent. The fact that the Commodores cooled off considerably in the second half, hitting just 8-29 shots, didn't really matter in the final outcome because Vandy dominated the boards with a 47-24 advantage.

Auburn, which upset 15th-ranked Florida on Thursday night with a brilliant performance from sophomore Le'Coe Willingham leading the way, received another strong performance from the forward. She hit 5-9 field goals and 3-4 free throws to lead the Tigers with 13 points in 34 minutes of action after going the full 40 on Thursday.

Freshman Natasha Brackett was the next leading scorer with eight points. She was two of four from three-point land and the rest of her team was 0-8 behind the arc.

All-SEC center Chantelle Anderson led Vandy with 16 points and nine rebounds. Another all-league performer, forward Zuzi Klimesova, scored eight points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

For the evening, Auburn finished with a frigid 29.2 percent shooting percentage while the Commodores cooled to 39.6 percent. Auburn forced 17 turnovers and committed just nine to keep the game from being a blowout.

Auburn finishes the season with a 16-13 record.


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