VU WBB: Florida 73, Vanderbilt 68

The Florida Gators spoiled Senior Night for Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister with a 73-68 victory over Vanderbilt Thursday night in Memorial Gym. Foggie led the Dores with 24 points, followed by Kylee Smith with 15. Morgan Batey added a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The evening began with recognition of senior guards Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister in their final appearance at Memorial Gym. Each of the players were joined by their parents and were presented with a framed jersey bearing their number in remembrance of their careers at Vanderbilt.

Then it was time for the game to begin. Vanderbilt scored first to take a very early 2-0 lead on a jumper by Jasmine Lister. Unfortunately for Vanderbilt, Florida answered with a 10-0 run in the first five minutes of the game.

A jumper by Foggie stopped the run, and the teams traded baskets for about five minutes. Then Florida went on an 11-0 run to take a 17 point lead at 23-6 with 9:44 left in the first half.

Once again Foggie answered, this time with two consecutive 3-pointers to trim the Florida lead back to 11 points at 23-12. Once again the teams traded baskets until a 9-0 Vanderbilt run cut the Florida lead to five points at 32-27 with 4:05 left in the half.

During that run, redshirt freshman Kristen Gaffney was playing her first minutes in a Vanderbilt uniform. She didn't score, but pulled down two rebounds and had two assists in five minutes of playing time.

Unfortunately for Dores, they couldn't cut the lead further, and Florida was able to stretch out the lead to 12 points at 42-30 going into halftime.

Coming out of the locker room, Florida scored the first basket, but over the next five minutes, Vanderbilt was able to cut the lead to five points at 45-40 on baskets by Morgan Batey, Marqu'es Webb, Kylee Smith and a 3-pointer by Foggie.

Midway through the half, the Dores closed to within four points at 47-43, and then to 52-49 on a pair of made free throws by Foggie. And so it went. Vanderbilt wasn't able to close the gap completely, and Florida wasn't able to gain separation.

A 3-pointer by Lister with 4:13 left cut the Florida lead to 59-56, and another one with 1:23 left pulled the Dores within four points at 64-60.

In the final minute Smith and Batey were able to get to the free throw line and knock down the foul shots to keep the game close, but unfortunately for Vanderbilt, the Gators were also knocking down their free throws, too, to seal the 73-68 victory.

With the home portion of the schedule now complete, Vanderbilt plays the final game of the season on the road in Lexington whre they'll face the Kentucky Wildcats at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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