VU WBB: Vandy falls to UConn in Florida

Vanderbilt suffered their first loss of the season to the defending national champions, and the UConn Huskies looked the part as they pounded the Dores 91-52 Saturday night in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

UConn fans traditionally stand until the Huskies score their first basket. On Saturday night, they only had to wait 10 seconds for Morgan Tuck to score the first Connecticut basket of the game.

As it turned out, that very early lead held up for the entire game, growing from that tiny 2-point lead to a whopping 40-point lead before the game was over. Vanderbilt stayed within shouting distance through the middle of the first half, but after Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau left the game after being poked in the left eye, the Dores unraveled.

Shortly after Caron-Goudreau's departure, a 3-pointer by Christa Reed cut the UConn lead to single digits at 22-14 with 8:37 left in the first half. But that didn't last long, and a flurry of 3-pointers propelled the Huskies to a 20-point lead at 40-20 with 4:12 left in the half. At halftime, UConn held a 25-point lead at 52-27.

There wasn't much suspense in the second half with the UConn lead in the 20s, 30s, or 40s for the entire half. Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb gave plenty of playing time for the team's freshmen and reserves both to give them experience and to save wear-and-tear on the starters in preparation for Sunday's game with Arizona State.

Despite UConn's dominance, there were a couple of bright spots for Vanderbilt. One was Kristen Gaffney, who played a solid 20 minutes scoring 12 points with five rebounds. Another was freshman Christa Reed, who led Vanderbilt in scoring with 17 points on 7-10 shooting from the field, 2-4 from 3-point range. Reed became the sixth different player to lead the team in scoring in the team's first six games.

The chance to get back on the winning track comes quickly for the Dores, as they play their third game in three games Sunday evening against Arizona State Sun Devils, who lost to Green Bay 63-57 on Saturday. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Sun Devils knocked the Dores out of the 2014 NCAA tournament 69-61.



Marqu'es Webb



Rebekah Dahlman



Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau



Rebekah Dahlman



Christa Reed



Paris Kea



Kristen Gaffney



Kristen Gaffney



Rayte'a Long



Christa Reed



Kristen Gaffney



Christa Reed



Kendall Shaw



Jasmine Jenkins



Christa Reed



Rachel Bell


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