VU WBB: Arizona State 69, Vanderbilt 61

The 2013-2014 season for Vanderbilt ended on Saturday with a 69-61 defeat at the hands of the Arizona State Sun Devils. Marqu'es Webb led Vanderbilt with 18 points, and senior Christina Foggie scored 16 points in her final game at Vanderbilt. Jasmine Lister scored 9 points with four assists and no turnovers in her final game in the black and gold.

The careers of seniors Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister came to an end on Saturday in the Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio, in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament when #8 seed Vanderbilt fell to #9 seed Arizona State 69-61.

The Dores got off to a slow start and eventually fell behind by 10 points at 18-8 with 8:33 left in the first half. But then, Vanderbilt went on a 14-2 run including seven points from freshmen posts Kristen Gaffney and Marqu'es Webb to take a 22-20 lead with 3:19 left in the half.

But then, as happened all too frequently, the Sun Devils stopped the Vanderbilt run with a 3-pointer to take back the lead, then followed it up with another 3-pointer and a jumper to take a 6-point lead at 28-22. A steal by Kristen Gaffney led to a fastbreak basket by Christina Foggie to cut the ASU lead to 4, but a basket at the buzzer gave the Sun Devils a 30-24 halftime lead.

The second half started well for the Dores with a 8-2 Vanderbilt run to tie the game at 32-32. All of the Vanderbilt points during the run came in the paint with two baskets by Webb, one by Gaffney and one by Morgan Batey.

But then, once again, ASU answered with a 3-pointer deep in the shot clock. As it turned out, the basket gave the Sun Devils the lead for good. The Dores kept it close for a while, closing within two on a 3-pointer by Foggie at 44-42, but ASU was able to pull slowly away. In the last five minutes of the game, the Dores were unable to cut the lead to less than seven points, and in the end, the Sun Devils prevailed 69-61.

One of the bright spots for Vanderbilt was the play of two freshman posts, Marqu'es Webb and Kristen Gaffney. Webb, a true freshman, scored a career high 18 points, shooting 8-for-14 from the field and also had eight rebounds. Gaffney, a redshirt freshman, who made her first appearance in a Vanderbilt uniform in the last home game of the regular season, contributed six points, five boards, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes of play.

"To have Marqu'es play so well and to actually be the go-to player for us was great. That was actually one of the best performances that I've had by a freshman in an NCAA Tournament game and I told her that," said Head Coach Melanie Balcomb after the game. "Kristin Gaffney who hasn't played in two years but has been back for a couple of games, was able to be the best four on the floor. She played strong and tough and she has a great knowledge for the game."

As for the team's seniors, Foggie and Lister leave with their names in the record book. They both leave Vanderbilt in the top 10 of points scored, Foggie in seventh place, and Lister in tenth. In addition, Foggie set the career record in 3-pointers made and Lister set the record for total minutes played during a career.

But beyond the record book, they leave a legacy of hard work, passion, heart, and a love of the game. They will be missed.


Photos copyright 2014 by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com


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