VU WBB: Vanderbilt 89, JMU 85 OT

Vanderbilt improved to 9-2 with a thrilling 89-85 overtime victory over the James Madison Dukes Wednesday night in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Christina Foggie led all scorers with 29 points. Jasmine Lister scored 16 for Vanderiblt while Marqu'es Webb added 15 points and eight rebounds. Toia Giggetts led JMU with 25 points.

The calendar says "December", but the atmosphere in the Convocation Center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, said "March."

Whether it was the enthusiastic crowd, the energetic pep band, or simply the intensity of two teams going at each other as if their entire season were on the line, the game had the feel of an NCAA tournament game, no matter what the schedule or the calendar said.

Not for the first time this season, Vanderbilt got off to a sluggish start, falling behind in the first few minutes of the game prompting Head Coach Melanie Balcomb to call an early timeout.

Then the Dores began to get on track. After a steal by Kady Schrann, Jasmine Lister knocked down the first Vanderbilt 3-pointer of the game. Freshman post Marqu'es Webb scored six points over a couple of minutes. Then Christina Foggie, who had missed her first three 3-point attempts, finally connected and put Vanderbilt on top 16-15 with 11:16 left in the half.

That turned out to be the game in a microcosm. The Dores didn't play a perfect game. There were mistakes and lapses, but none of the mistakes became a snowball rolling down the hill. Instead, someone would hit a clutch shot, grab a key rebound, or get a steal to pick the team up.

However, the same could be said of the Dukes. In the first half, after Vanderbilt took the lead for the first time, the Dores continued to build on it. With seven minutes left in the first half, that lead had grown to 10 points at 28-18.

But that didn't last long. Just as Vanderbilt had climbed out of their early hole, it was JMU's turn to climb out of theirs. Over the rest of the half, the Dukes trimmed the Vanderbilt lead to just three points at halftime at 39-36.

In the first part of the second half, Vanderbilt kept the upper hand, stretching the lead out to seven points at couple of times, but the Dukes kept coming back until finally they tied the score at 58-58 with 11:25 left.

The Dores again built up a 6-point lead with eight minutes left, but JMU came back again to tie the score at 68-68 with 3:44 left in regulation. A basket by Jasmine Lister put Vanderbilt on top again, but soon JMU not only tied the score again but also took a 73-70 lead.

Once again Lister answered, this time with a 3-pointer to tie the score at 73-73. A basket by Webb put the Dores on top, but unfortunately, she was subsequently whistled for her fifth foul and the JMU free throws tied the score again.

This time it was Foggie who put the Dores back in the lead with 18 seconds left, but an offensive rebound and putback by Toia Giggetts tied the score again with five seconds left. Vanderbilt had a chance to win it, but the shots wouldn't fall, and the game went to overtime.

Vanderbilt scored first in overtime on a free throw by Morgan Batey, but JMU soon took at 3-point lead at 81-78. And just as they had all night, the Dores had an answer. This time the answer was a 3-pointer from Foggie to tie the score again. This time, however, a turnover by JMU gave the Dores the chance to take the lead. Foggie found Heather Bowe under the basket to put Vanderbilt on top for good.

With the victory Vanderbilt improves to 9-2 on the season. Next action for the Dores will be on Saturday morning when they host UNC-Asheville at 11:30 a.m. Halftime entertainment is the annual Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are asked to bring a new teddy bear or stuffed animal, with the tag still attached, to compete for prizes. After the toss, the teddy bears will be donated to the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Top Stories