The Vanderbilt Commodores fell 58-49 at Tennessee as their late surge and comeback attempt fell short in Knoxville.
After the Lady Vols took the lead, a Minta Spears assist to Rebekah Dahlman led to a nice move under the basket to tie the game at 2-2.
The full court pressure from Tennessee created costly turnovers and helped them go on a 7-0 run. A layup by Jasmine Jenkins broke the scoring drought for the Commodores.
Dahlman would also heat up in the second period hitting two 3-pointers to cut the lead to 18-21.
Even though it wasn't the prettiest first half of play with 14 turnovers, the Commodores went into the locker room trailing 28-25.
The 'Dores were able to score the first bucket of the second half on a layup by Jenkins but remained silent for most of the third period besides a jumper from Rachel Bell.
The Lady Vols would go on a 9-0 run to push their lead to 43-30 before Bell made another layup in the last four seconds of the third period.
Tennessee led by as much as 13 points in the closing period but the Commodores would start to chip away at the lead with less than six minutes remaining.
Dahlman would start the rally off with a 3-pointer followed by a pair of foul shots to reduce the deficit to eight.
A pair of free throws by Jenkins and another jumper by Dahlman trimmed the lead to six.
Morgan Batey cut the lead to 51-47 with a beautiful pull-up jumper as the shot clock expired.
The 'Dores would pull within three but costly turnovers would keep the game out of reach as Tennessee hit their foul shots with less than two minutes to play.
Dahlman would lead Vanderbilt with 17 points and four rebounds, hitting 3-for-5 from 3-point range.
The Commodores return home to face the Alabama Crimson Tide (13-6, 2-4) on Monday, January 25th.