VU WBB: Auburn 68, Vanderbilt 62

Christina Foggie scored 24 points, but no other Vanderbilt player scored in double figures in the loss while four players for Auburn scored in double figures led by Tyrese Tanner with 18. Vanderbilt out-rebounded the taller Tigers 36-26, but allowing Auburn to shoot 52% from the field proved to be too much to overcome.

The handwriting was on the wall in the first few minutes of the game, and unfortunately for Vanderbilt, it didn't turn out to be a red herring.

Following Monday night's lopsided loss in Knoxville, the Vanderbilt faithful – not to mention Head Coach Melanie Balcomb – were looking for a spirited performance from the Dores, back home in Memorial Gym.

But Auburn jumped out to an 8-0 start less than three minutes into the game, prompting Coach Balcomb to call a timeout to try to right the ship.

"That's not really where you want to be on your home court after losing on national TV," she said after the game. "I think that we had to be mad at some point and we didn't play like we were mad to start that game."

After the timeout, Vanderbilt finally got on the scoreboard on a basket by Marqu'es Webb after she rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Christina Foggie,. The Dores continued to claw their way back until midway through the first half, a layup by Jasmine Lister tied the score at 13-13. Soon after, a free throw by Kylee Smith gave the home team their first lead of the game.

But Vanderbilt fans that were hoping that would break the ice and that the Dores would take control were soon disappointed. The Tigers reclaimed the lead, and by halftime held an 8-point lead at 29-21.

The second half got off to a more auspicious start. After scoring just one point in the first half, Foggie came out of the locker room like a woman possessed and brought the Dores to within two points at 29-27 less than two minutes into the second half. Auburn stretched the lead back to six, but a 3-pointer by Foggie again closed the gap to three points at 33-30 just after the first media timeout.

And so it went for the next ten minutes. Vanderbilt kept threatening to take the lead, but taking the lead requires getting stops on the defensive end, and that's where the Dores fell short.

"[Auburn] ran the same play over and over and scored on it over and over," said Balcomb. "Offensively we scored more and executed better in the second half. Defensively, we didn't, and we let their post player just put us right underneath the basket over and over."

But despite their struggles on the defensive end, the Dores finally reclaimed the lead at 53-53 on a pair of free throws by Morgan Batey with 5:48 left in the game. From there, it was back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Then with 39 seconds left, a free throw by Foggie tied the score at 62-62.

Unfortunately, once again Vanderbilt couldn't get the stop, and the Tigers took the lead at 64-62. A 3-point attempt by Foggie missed the mark with 24 seconds left, and Auburn grabbed the rebound, forcing Vanderbilt to foul. From there on, the Tigers hit their free throws to seal the 68-62 victory.

With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 17-7 overall, 6-5 in the SEC. Next action for the Dores is a road trip to Starkville, where they play Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.


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