WWB Recap: Vanderbilt 65, ETSU 39

The Vanderbilt Commodores defeated East Tennessee State 65-39 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym. Here is your VandyMania.com recap of the game.

The game was tight early being tied four times and the Buccaneers even holding a brief 15-13 lead with 8:14 to play in the first quarter. However, a Rachel Bell three put the Commodores back up for good 16-15.

While playing a stifling defense, the Commodore women methodically added to their lead, building a 25-15 lead by halftime. 

In the second half the Vandy lead continued to grow, reaching 21 points at 43-22 after Morgan Batey's jumper with 2:35 to play in the third.  The Bucs then went on an 8 to nothing mini run off a pair of threes and a layup to the narrow the score to a 43-30 advantage with 1:13 to play in the third.  

That ETSU rally was stopped dead in its tracks with a 12-0 Vandy run, highlighted by a couple of Minta Spears threes, that put Vandy firmly in command at 57-30 with 5:52 left to play and the Dores would coast to win number seven.  

For the third straight game, Rachel Bell led the Commodores with 16 points.  Rebekah Dahlman added 15 points and made two of three 3-point shots. Spears finished with eight and had five assists. 

During the contest, the Commodores shot 47 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the field.  Vandy outrebounded the Buccaneers 32-23.   

ETSU was led by their star guard Shamauria Bridges who scored 17 points.  Bridges scored 11 points in the first period but was tightly defended for the rest of the game.  Bridges, who scored 21 at Tennessee a few days ago, made five of 10 3-point shots. 

Vanderbilt improves to 7-2 with the win.  The Commodores will next host Troy on Thursday at 7 pm central.

For VandyMania.com and Scout this is Don Yates. 

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