Vandy women thrash Troy, 97-43

The Vanderbilt Commodore women blasted Troy 97-43 on Thursday night at Memorial Gym. The win marked head coach Melanie Balcomb’s 300th victory at Vanderbilt.

The Commodores jumped ahead 2-0 early on a layup by Jasmine Jenkins.  Ahead 10-4 with 5:21 left in the first period, Vandy went on a 12-0 run that ended with 1:28 left to go in the period and the home team up 22-4.  When the buzzer sounded ending the first stanza, the Commodores led the team with the nation’s most high scoring offense 27-8.   

In the second period Vandy continued its onslaught.  The Dore’s lead grew to 21 on a layup by Kristen Gaffney and that lead then swelled to 30 at 45-15 on a Rebekah Dahlman free throw with 39 seconds to play in the first half. The Dores, who forced 15 Troy turnovers in the first half, headed to the locker room with a comfortable 46-17 lead.

In the second half, the blowout would continue.   Vandy's lead reached 40 with 7:19 to play in the third on a 3-pointer by Christa Reed. It was Reed's third three-point shot made during a three-minute span to start the second half. Kendall Shaw's layup increased the lead to 50 at 75-25 with 2:14 to play in the third.   Miaya Seawright's layup put the Dores up briefly by 60 in the final minute of the game, but two late Troy threes cut final margin of 54.  

Reed led Vandy with 19 points and was 5 of 6 from 3-point range.  Jasmine Jenkins finished with 17 points and had seven assists.   Rebekah Dahlman (14) and Morgan Batey (13) were the Commodores’ other key scorers.  Minta Spears finished with seven assists and had five steals. 

Vanderbilt shot 57 percent from the field for the game while limiting Troy to just 22 percent from the field.  The Commodores made 44 percent of their 3-point attempts and hit 68 percent from the line. 

Guard Amanda Mendoza led the Trojans with 10 points.   

After the game Commodore head coach Melanie Balcomb was presented with flowers in honor of her achieving her 300th win as the head coach of the Commodores.  

Vanderbilt improves to 8-2 with the win.  The Commodores will get a 10-day break from games before hosting UT-Martin on Monday, December 21.   

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