Holzer repeats performance in 70-60 VU win

Vanderbilt advances to 2-0 in the young season with a solid win over very capable Samford, which gave the No. 23/20 'Dores plenty to work against in a test for Sunday's match up with No. 16/14 Florida State in Tallahassee. The Bulldogs are expected to win the Southern Conference this year and were coming off a 58-42 road loss to Texas Tech.

Redshirt freshman Stephanie Holzer, playing with confidence and making her first start at Vanderbilt along with Angela Puleo, made good on the SEC's Freshman of the Week honor for the second game in a row with a 26-point performance and one board shy of a double-double. She scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Sunday's opening win against Howard 80-55.

Senior forward Hannah Tuomi recorded her sixth career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jasmine Lister, 5-4, nabbed 6 rebounds and sank 14 points, including three buckets beyond the arc. The freshman ball handler led all players in minutes with 38.

Freshman Christina Foggie, who led scoring in two exhibition games and nailed 14 points in Vandy's opener, is nursing a strained tendon. She joins injured All SEC point guard Jence Rhoads in day-to-day status.

Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said with injured guards out, she needed other players to step up. Stephanie drew double team coverage, which opened up the field for Hannah to score.

"Samford is a well coached team," Balcomb said. "They pressured us, played sagging man and deflected a lot of passes and caught us off guard. They did a great job with their game plan."

Vanderbilt shot 64.3% in the second half for a 57.1% average and was 6 of 13 in 3-point shots. At one point, Holzer sank 11 straight points. The 'Dores were hampered by 25 turnovers, which led to 16 points for the Bulldogs. Samford, with 23 turnovers and 9 of 22 shooting from 3-point range, was led by Savannah Hill with 20 points.

Elan Brown dribbles past a defender.

Hannah Tuomi and Tiffany Clarke listen to post Assistant Coach Vicky Picott.

Angela Puleo hits the floor in a scramble for the ball.

Jasmine Lister keeps an eye on Samford's Shelby Campbell.

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