Vanderbilt bolted out to a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game behind jumpers by Christa Read and Marquez Webb along with a 3-pointer by Minta Spears. However, sparked by three consecutive 3-pointers by Tiara Griffin, Georgia would go on to score the last 16 points of the period to lead 16-7 at the beginning of the second period.
In the second period fouls began mounting on the Commodores as both Webb and Rayte’a Long were pulled out of the game with two fouls. In spite of the flurry of foul calls on Vandy, the Commodores were able to cut the UGA lead to 27-25 at halftime behind two layups by Kendall Shaw and a jumper by Morgan Batey.
In the third period Vanderbilt re-took the lead 34-31 on a Rachel Bell jumper with 6:15 left in the period. Later, a Rebekah Dahlman 3-point shot put the Commodores up 37-33 with less than five minutes remaining in the period. But Georgia would retake the lead 43-41 on a jumper by Caliya Robinson. After a layup by Shacobia Barbee, Georgia led 45-41 heading into the final stanza.
In the fourth period Georgia maintained its lead despite the Vanderbilt women pulling to within three on three different occasions. Two free throws by Dahlman pulled the Dores to within three for the final time with 39 seconds remaining in the game but Georgia answered with a jumper by Robinson and the Lady Bulldogs would hold on to win.
Vanderbilt was outscored 16-6 on second chance points and those were made possible because the Commodores allowed Georgia 14 offensive rebounds. Vandy also piled up 24 fouls compared to just 16 on the Lady Bulldogs and that disparity resulted in the visitors getting 23 free throws to Vandy’s 10. Webb and Shaw both fouled out in the fourth period.
Christa Reed led Vanderbilt with 12 points. Dahlman with 11 and Batey with 10 were the Commodores other double-digit scorers.
Vanderbilt falls to (15-6, 4-4 SEC) while Georgia improves to 16-6 (4-5 SEC). Next up for the Commodores is a visit to Auburn on Thursday.
For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.