VU edges Florida 103-97 in super 2OT show

The Packers and Steelers are vying for Super Bowl Sunday today, but Vanderbilt and Florida put on their own super show. For the first time since 2005, Vandy (16-7, 7-3) won a double overtime thriller on the road to drop the Gators 103-97. Stephanie Holzer and Tiffany Clarke had 23 points each, but it was Hannah Tuomi's eight points in 10 minutes of overtime that ended the Gator advance.

Utilizing a total team effort, the ‘Dores, who had led by 11 at the half, saw the score tied eight times from runs by Florida (14-11, 4-7) and full court pressure. Hot shooting for a 55.4% average for the regulation and two overtime periods kept Vandy in the game.

Tiffany Clarke, a sophomore from Atlanta who mirrored the strong play of her freshman year, notched a career high with 13 rebounds and her second career double-double. Jence Rhoads dished 9 assists to go with 11 points, and Stephanie Holzer grabbed 9 boards to go with her 23 points.

Hannah Tuomi's 20 points grew in spurts with 10 in the first half, and two in the second as Holzer and Clarke poured in points and effort. After the fifth foul forced Holzer out of the lineup with 2:01 left in the first OT period, Hannah hit a game-tying hook shot at 90-all to march Vanderbilt into the second overtime. The Thornton, Colo., native iced four free throws and a second field goal in the final overtime to add to a huge three-pointer by Angela Puleo, a jumper from Rhoads and free throws by Jasmine Lister to finally earn the win.

The ‘Dores missed an opportunity to win in regulation after being up five (83-78) with 48 seconds remaining. Lister, who overthrew an inbounds pass to Holzer after the 6-4 center was knocked to her feet, hit a pair of free throws to put Vandy ahead 85-83 after a layup by Florida's Jennifer George and a 3-point bucket by Florida's Deana Allen. Another layup by George with 12 seconds left tied the score at 85, but a jumper by Rhoads with :02 remaining bounced twice inside the rim before clanging out.

Rhoads played 48 of 50 minutes on court; she was shaken up and sidelined for two minutes to recover from a pounding on a hard foul. Gabby Smith was tabbed to shoot the foul shots for her, making the front end.

The last time Vanderbilt was in double overtime was at Mississippi State on February 3, 2005 with Vandy winning 106-98.

The victory vaults Vanderbilt into a solid fourth place in the SEC standings with Auburn's 57-45 loss to Mississippi State. Vandy meets No. 24 Georgia in Athens on Thursday; the Lady Bulldogs buried Alabama 81-54 on Sunday.

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