This Sunday the upset victim was the #14 LSU Lady Tigers. The perpetrators were a team of undersized basketball players led by a pair of indomitable senior guards. Jasmine Lister, the reigning SEC Player of the Week and ESPN National Player of the Week, led the Dores with 25 points and seven assists, while Christina Foggie added 19 points.
The Lady Tigers drew first blood when Danielle Ballard scored the first of her 23 points, but Vanderbilt countered quickly on a basket by Lister. From there, the Dores took the lead, which grew to as much as seven points a couple of times.
However, that lead didn't last. In the last few minutes of the first half, LSU climbed back into the game, tying the score at 22-22 with 4:27 left in the half, then taking a brief one-point lead at 26-25 with 1:19 remaining. Foggie countered with a layup, then Lister hit a pair of free throws to give the Dores a 29-26 lead at halftime.
Vanderbilt quickly increased the lead with a 3-pointer by Foggie less than 20 seconds into the second half. The Dores continued the hot start to take a 15-point lead at 46-31with 12:36 remaining in the game. Vanderbilt continued the push the lead out to 20 points at 62-42 on a jumper by Jasmine Jenkins with 6:58 left.
But then it was LSU's turn to go on a spurt, and the Lady Tigers whittled down the comfortable lead over the next few minutes. Eventually, they cut the Vanderbilt lead to just seven points at 68-61 with 1:58 remaining. But, as it turned out, that was close as it would get. In the end, a pair of free throws by Lister sealed the 79-70 victory.
With the victory, Vanderbilt improves to 16-3 overall, 5-1 in the SEC. Next, Vanderbilt has a bye week, with no Thursday game, giving the team a chance to rest, heal, and prepare for another Sunday afternoon game against yet another ranked team.
Next Sunday's opponent will be the South Carolina Gamecocks, who defeated the Dores earlier in the month 76-66 in Columbia. Game time is 1 p.m., and the contest will be televised on ESPN2.