VU WBB: Vanderbilt 82, Dayton 52

After a sloppy first few minutes against the much taller Dayton Flyers, Vanderbilt took control on their way to a decisive victory. Freshman Rebekah Dahlman led the team with 17 points, followed by Christina Foggie with 16, and Morgan Batey and Marqu'es Webb with 10 each. Batey was also leading rebounder with seven.

Going into Sunday afternoon's game, the Dayton Flyers were averaging 91 points per game, so Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb knew that the Dores might need to score a lot of points to win the game. To get her team ready for the challenge, on Saturday they spent more than three hours just working on the offense.

In the early minutes of the game, the results weren't immediately obvious to the casual fan. By the first media timeout, Vanderbilt had only scored two points and turned the ball over five times. After the timeout, a 3-pointer by Christina Foggie was a positive sign, but Vanderbilt still trailed at the second media timeout.

"I think we played sloppy to start," said Coach Balcomb after the game. "I think we were not nervous, but we had just come off two losses, we were at home, we knew this was a good team. We were very well prepared, but at the same time, we were a little nervous, a little wait-and-see, and we threw the ball away and didn't score and then we weren't having a lot of energy defensively."

To inject some energy into the game, Balcomb looked to her bench. The 5-guard lineup with natural guards Morgan Batey and Kylee Smth playing the post positions turned out to be an effective antidote. A 3-pointer by Rebekah Dahlman finally put Vanderbilt on top 14-12, then a driving layup by Jasmine Jenkins and another 3-pointer by Dahlman gave the Dores 7-point lead.

The Flyers trimmed the lead back to one point with 6:53 left in the half, but the Dores finished the half with a 14-5 run, capped by an old-fashioned 3-point play by Marqu'es Webb, to take a 10-point lead into the locker room.

After halftime, Vanderbilt methodically took over the game, with their lead growing to 15 points before the first media timeout of the second half, and to 20 points before the second one on the way to the final 30-point margin.

With the victory Vanderbilt improves to 4-2 on the season. Next action for the Dores is the Thanksgiving Tournament. On Friday, Vanderbilt plays Elon at 4 p.m., and Wisconsin plays Mercer at approximately 6:30. Then, on Saturday, the losers of the first round will play at 4 p.m., followed by the championship game at approximately 6:30 p.m. Admission to all games is free.



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