The first reason for optimism is the return to the court for Rebekah Dahlman, who was sidelined last season with a blood clot, and Kendall Shaw, who missed the season while rehabbing a torn ACL. Both appeared to be completely recovered.
The second reason for optimism is the highly-touted freshman class. Vanderbilt's two top scorers in the game were both freshmen. Rachel Bell, a 5-10 freshman guard from Dickson County, led all scorers with 19 points, and Christa Reed, a 5-11 freshman guard from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, added 14 points.
In addition, freshman point guard Paris Kea from Greensboro, North Carolina dished out six assists with only two turnovers, and 6-3 forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau led the team with ten rebounds and added eight points, three assists, two blocked shots and three steals. Khaleann Caron-Goudreau, the fifth member of the class, was out of action with an injury incurred during the summer.
With the lone exhibition game in the books, the next action for the Dores will be the official season opener next Friday, November 14 when Vanderbilt hosts Belmont in Memorial Gym. Tip-off is 7 p.m.
Kristen Gaffney and Christa Reed
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