After the break, a more relaxed and self-assured Vanderbilt hit 48.6% and outscored the taller Lady Vols 22-16 in the paint. The improvement did not help in the final stats however, as a season-low 33.3% combined with a season-low 56 points resulting from the poor first half. Posts Stephanie Holzer (8 points, 5 rebounds) and Hannah (6 points, 6 rebounds) were double-teamed, leaving freshmen Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie open for three buckets each beyond the arc. Jasmine, along with Tennessee frosh standout Meighan Simmons, tied at 17 to lead all scorers.
Christina, with 22 minutes, 13 points and 3 steals and 3 rebounds, returned to the confident play delivered before suffering an on-court concussion Dec. 1.
Jence Rhoads became the 33rd member of Vandy's 1,000 point club with 10 points. The senior leader parted defenders and hit fade-away jumpers at key times to prevent a rout. Vandy pulled within nine twice on the ball handler's jump shots in the final 4:10 minutes. A 3-pointer by Jasmine cut the lead to eight with 1:04 left, but no closer as fouls and free throws added up to the final 12-point margin.
Vandy kept the ball in play with just nine turnovers to Tennessee's 15 and 13 assists to UT's eight. The teams will battle again on Sunday, February 13 in Nashville.
Next up is No. 23 Arkansas (14-2, 2-2), which upset Oklahoma State and Kentucky but lost to Georgia 59-56 on January 13. The Thursday night game at 7 p.m. will be in Memorial Gym where Vandy is 9-0 this season.
Christina Foggie races down court.
Jasmine Lister hits a layup.
Jordan Coleman tries to protect a rebound.
Stephanie Holzer battles for position.
Angela Puelo encourages teammates in the huddle.
UT's Kelley Cain pressures a Hannah Tuomi layup.
Jence Rhoads powers to the basket.
Bench players welcome Jordan Coleman after play.