VU WBB: Vanderbilt 88, Elon 66

Four Dores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt defeated Elon 88-66 in the first round of Vanderbilt's Thanksgiving Tournament. Jasmine Lister led all scorers with 22 points. Christina Foggie added 18, and freshmen Marqu'es Webb and Kylee Smith each scored 10. Smith led the team in rebounds with seven, and Lister led in assists with seven.

Fans who sauntered into the gym a couple of minutes late after a day of Black Friday shopping missed the only time of the Vanderbilt-Elon game when the score was close.

Thanks to a barrage of 3-pointers, the Dores shot their way to a 12-point lead in the first five minutes of the game. By the time ten minutes had elapsed, Christina Foggie was 5-for-5 from 3-point range, and Vanderbilt held a 18-point lead at 29-11.

By halftime, the Dores had stretched the lead out to 24 points at 55-31 and compiled a shiny set of first half statistics. For the half Vanderbilt shot 58.8% from the field, including 9-for-14 from 3-point range. A team that has struggled with turnovers all season had only seven in the first half with 14 assists while forcing 12 Elon turnovers.

The second half didn't go quite as smoothly, and, in fact, in the second half Elon out-scored Vanderbilt 35-33. Midway through the half, the Dores held a 25-point lead at 74-49 but didn't score again for nearly six minutes. In the meantime, Elon cut the lead to 14 points at 74-60.

"We got great looks in the second half and missed a lot of wide open shots, missed layups, didn't finish the play and then we relaxed on defense," said Coach Balcomb after the game. "It's like we were relaxed on offense, which is what we want, but then when we didn't make baskets like we did in the first half, we didn't defend."

Finally, Jasmine Lister broke the Elon run with a pullup jumper, then followed it with another. "I really liked Jas in the second half when it got tight," Balcomb said. "She was willing to put the ball on the floor, shot fake when they took her three away, and hit two really important pullups for us. And that's what she's done for us. She's been really clutch under pressure in a lot of games."

Lister's six straight points pushed the Vanderbilt lead out to 20 points again. A little later a fastbreak layup by Kylee Smith gave the Dores a 26-point lead, but in the final minutes Elon trimmed the lead for the final score of 88-66.

With the victory, Vanderbilt advances to the championship game of the tournament to play the Wisconsin Badgers, who beat the Mercer Bears 77-72 on Friday. The consolation game between Elon and Mercer will tip off at 4 p.m., and the championship game will follow. Admission to both games is free.


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