VU frosh lead way in first road win, 80-59

With a quality 80-59 win over Duquesne (8-2) in Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt improves to 7-3, but more importantly, buries the monkey that clung to their jerseys after three consecutive road losses. The Dukes were streaking with 7 wins, but 'Dores' freshmen led the team charge as Jasmine Lister hit a career high 21 points and Christina Foggie had 17 in her first game since December 1.

The large turnout of Vanderbilt fans, friends and families of seniors and Pennsylvania natives Jence Rhoads, Rebecca Silinski and redshirt freshmen Stephanie Holzer helped put the squad in a home game state of mind.

Jence added 12 points and Gabby Smith 10 to round out double-figure scoring. Jence also grabbed 8 rebounds, as did Christina, Stephanie and Hannah Tuomi.

Duquesne led by five early in the first half, but never got closer than four points in the second.

"This feels wonderful. This was Vanderbilt basketball," said Head Coach Melanie Balcomb following the game. "I can't tell you how great this one feels after the break, after getting healthy and playing this well after 10 days. I have to give it to our players. They really wanted to win this one on the road."

Vanderbilt welcomed the return of Stephanie and Christina, both of whom sat out three previous games with injuries. Stephanie was a force on both ends of the floor. The 6-4 center took points in the paint away and knocked in buckets on the offensive side. Christina came out attacking the dribble, putting pressure on Duquesne. The third freshman in the mix, Jasmine, hit three from beyond the arc and repeatedly drove for baskets to rattle the defense.

Vandy outshot Duquesne 48.5% to 22.6% from field goal range in the second half. The Dukes did not score in the final 6:35 of the game. "We put them on their heels early and continued for 40 minutes," Balcomb said.

Up next is the 'Dores final home game of 2010. Western Kentucky will visit Memorial Gym at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Top Stories