VU WBB: Kentucky ends Vanderbilt's season

After falling into a deep hole early against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament, Vanderbilt fought back, but in the end, it wasn't enough.

Vanderbilt scored the first points of the game on a basket by Heather Bowe, but after that, things went downhill quickly for the Dores. After that initial basket, the Wilcats went on a 14-0 run while holding Vanderbilt scoreless for more than six minutes.

With the score standing 16-2 at the 12:34 mark of the first half, not many people would have expected Vanderbilt to lead at halftime. But that's exactly what happened. Vanderbilt changed defenses from a zone to a man, and slowly, the Dores closed the gap until 3-pointer by Rebekah Dahlman gave Vanderbilt their first lead of the game at 23-22 with 2:39 left in the first half. When the halftime buzzer sounded, Vanderbilt held a 25-24 lead.

In the second half, the teams stayed neck-and-neck for the first eight minutes of the half. With 12:08 left in the game, Kentucky led by just two points at 43-41. But over the next several minutes the Wildcats stretched the lead to eight points at 50-42. Head Coach Melanie Balcomb's frustration with the officiating was showing, and after Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau was whistled for her third foul, her frustration boiled over, and Dee Kanter gave the Vanderbilt coach a technical foul. Kentucky made both of the free throws from the foul as well as the two free throws resulting from the technical foul to put Kentucky ahead by 12 points at 54-42.

But as they had all night, the Dores kept fighting. Dahlman scored the next five points on a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws, then Jasmine Jenkins hit a layup to cut the Kentucky lead back to five points at 54-49 with 6:22 left in the game.

The Wildcats managed to get the lead back to double digits at 62-52 with three minutes left, but again, Vanderbilt fought back to cut the lead to three points at 64-61 on a jumper by Paris Kea. A Kentucky free throw increased their lead to four with a minute left.

Then on Vanderbilt possession, Dahlman drove to the basket. She made the basket, and for a moment, it looked like she'd have the opportunity for an old-fashioned 3-point play. But unfortunately for Vanderbilt, the call went the other way. Dahlman was charged with an offensive foul so the basket was waved off and Kentucky got possession of the ball. To add insult to injury, the foul was Dahlman's fifth. In the end, Vanderbilt was forced to foul, and Jennifer O'Neill knocked down the free throws to seal the Kentucky victory.

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Paris Kea



Rebekah Dahlman



Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau



Paris Kea



Jasmine Jenkins



Rebekah Dahlman



Morgan Batey



Jasmine Jenkins



Marqu'es Webb



Rebekah Dahlman



Jasmine Jenkins



Paris Kea



Rebekah Dahlman






Photos copyright 2015 by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com


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