WBB Recap: Vanderbilt Commodores 58, LSU Tigers 42

The Vanderbilt Commodore women defeated LSU 58-42 on Thursday night at Memorial Gym. Here is your VandyMania.com recap of the game.

The Commodores used a stifling defense to win their second straight conference game.  Vandy forced 16 turnovers and limited the Tigers to just 33 percent from field goal range, and only one made 3-pointer. 

Vandy jumped out to an early 13-5 lead behind three-pointers by Minta Spears and Christa Reed, who finished the game with 3-of-4 made threes. However, LSU was able to cut the Vandy lead to just four at 15-11 at the end of the first quarter on a bucket by Ann Jones and a buzzer-beating layup by Shanice Norton. 

In the second period, Vandy built a 25-14 edge on layups by Spears, Morgan Batey and Jasmine Jenkins but the scrappy rebounding Tigers would battle back again, cutting the Vandy lead to just 27-20 at the half on a layup Alexis Hyder and a jumper by Jasmine Rhodes.

The Dores started the second half with another 3-pointer by Reed to jump ahead 30-20. But it was mostly back and forth between the two teams for the first part of the third period. However, the Commodores outscored the short-handed Tigers 5-1 in the final minutes of the third to pull ahead 44-28 heading into the final stanza.

Reed made her third three-pointer late in the fourth period to put her team up by its biggest margin of the game, 58-37, but the two teams would ultimately battle to a 14-14 tie in that quarter. Vandy would earn the victory, though, and improve to 13-4 (2-2 SEC).

Vanderbilt shot well during the contest making almost 39 percent of threes and 50 percent of field goal attempts. LSU was limited to just one made three on two attempts and shot just 33 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from the line.  

The Commodores were led in scoring by Reed with 15 and Spears with 10.  Morgan Batey  had 8 points.  Spears and Rebekah Dahlman each had three steals for the home team.  

Akilah Bethel led LSU in scoring with 11 points. LSU out-rebounded the Dores 38-25.  The Tigers fall to 7-10 (1-3 SEC). 

Vanderbilt gets a bye date before heading to Knoxville to face rival Tennessee on Thursday night. 

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.   

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