VU WBB: Vandy falls to Arizona State

A halftime 33-28 lead is good, shooting 61% is good, but it's not good enough when the final score isn't in your favor.

Too often in games this season, Vanderbilt has fallen behind early, but that didn't happen against the Arizona State Sun Devils Sunday night Vanderbilt's final game in the Florida Gulf Coast Showcase.

Instead, after an initial basket by ASU, the Dores took an early lead and held it throughout the entire first half. Late in the half the Vanderbilt lead even grew to double digits at 27-16 on a 3-pointer by Christa Reed. But over the final minutes of the half, a 12-6 Arizona State run cut the Vanderbilt lead to five points at 33-28 and gave the Sun Devils the momentum going into halftime.

In the second half, the Sun Devils picked up where they left off before halftime. Although Vanderbilt successfully fended them off for the first eight minutes of the second half, but Arizona State eventually completed their comeback and took the lead at 42-41 with 11:42 left in the game.

The Dores kept it close, but Arizona State ratcheted up their in-your-shorts, teeth-grinding defense making it difficult for the work-in-progress Vanderbilt offense to get shots. When Vanderbilt did get a shot in the second half, they made 55% percent of them, but they only took 18 shots from the field in the entire half. Vanderbilt was also perfect from the free throw line at 13-13 in the second half, and as the game moved down the stretch, those free throws kept Vanderbilt in the game.

But in the end, the same problem that plagued the Dores in the season-ending loss in the NCAA tournament last year was a problem again in the late stages of the game. After not hitting a single 3-pointer for the first 35 minutes of the game, the Sun Devils hit three of them in the final five minutes of the game, each of them putting a dagger into the Vanderbilt efforts to stage a comeback of their own.

Three Dores scored in double figures in the loss, led by Rebekah Dahlman with 19 points, followed by Kristen Gaffney with 15, and Morgan Batey with 10. Gaffney was leading rebounder for Vanderbilt with seven boards. With the loss Vanderbilt falls to 5-2 on the season. Next, the Dores return home to host Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday December 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be available on SEC Network-Plus.





Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau



Morgan Batey



Marqu'es Webb



Kristen Gaffney



Kristen Gaffney



Rebekah Dahlman



Morgan Batey



Rayte'a Long



Christa Reed



Marqu'es Webb



Kristen Gaffney



Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau



Jasmine Jenkins



Rebekah Dahlman



Christa Reed


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