The Vanderbilt Commodore women battled No. 2 South Carolina close for three periods before falling 71-61 on Thursday night. Here is your VandyMania.com recap of the game.
Vanderbilt pulled in front of the Gamecocks early. A Christa Reed three-pointer put the Commodores up 5-3 less than two minutes into the game. However, 3-pointer by Tina Roy put the visitors on top 15-8 with 1:16 to play in the first period and the Gamecocks would lead 15-10 at the end of the period after two Morgan Batey free throws.
In the second period, Rebekah Dahlman's free throws followed by a Kendall Shaw layup put the Commodores back in front 18-15 with 6:52 before the half. Later in that period, USC would pull back ahead on a layup by Donlyah Cliney but a three-pointer by Dahlman with just 20 seconds remaining in the half sent the two teams to the locker room tied at 31.
The Commodores went on a 6-0 run to start the second half. Minta Spears' layup gave Vandy its biggest lead of the game at 37-31 with 7:31 left in the third period. But Alaina Coates layup with 5:11 to play in the period put South Carolina back on top 39-37. The two teams would battle back and forth in the latter part of the third but USC would lead at the end of the period 49-46 due to another Roy made three.
In the final stanza, the Commodores quickly pulled to within one on a Batey layup but Tiffany Mitchell's three-pointer put the Gamecocks up by four at 52-48. Another Mitchell layup extended the Gamecock lead to 57-51 with 6:21 to play. Vanderbilt's Christa Reed made a three that cut the Gamecock's advantage to 57-56 with 4:24 left in the contest but a three by Khadijah Sessions put the Commodores behind by six points with just 1:58 to play. The Gamecocks would increase their lead to l0 off a Coates layup and made free throws.
Rebekah Dahlman led the Commodores with 14 points and was the only Vanderbilt player to score in double digits. Rachel Bell and Kendall Shaw each had 9 points. Marqu'es Webb with 7 and Christa Reed with 6 were two other key scorers.
Tiffany Mitchell led the Gamecocks with 22 points. Tina Roy made 4-of-6 threes and finished with 13 points.
Vanderbilt shot an uncharacteristic 20 percent from three point range while the Gamecocks made 10 of 22 threes.
Vanderbilt falls to 11-4 (0-2 SEC) while the Gamecocks improve to 14-0, 2-0 in the conference.
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