Vanderbilt began the 2016 SEC Tournament with a bang, producing 29 points in the first quarter, their most profile first quarter of the season. After Ole Miss scored the first basket of the game, Vanderbilt reeled off 18 straight points to take a 18-2 lead and never looked back from there.
The first quarter offensive rampage was highlighted by four 3-pointers by Christa Reed, who finished the game with 21 points to lead all scorers. Three other Dores scored in double figures; Marques Webb and Minta Spears scored 13 points each, and Morgan Batey added 10
That torrid pace didn't continue for the entire game, but nevertheless Vanderbilt's lead continued to grow, and by halftime the Dores led by 23 points at 42-19. When the third quarter ended, Vanderbilt led by 25 points at 64-39.
The biggest lead of the game came with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter when a 3-pointer by Rebekah Dalhman and a free throw by Rayte'a Long put the Dores ahead 72-39. Then, mindful that her team would be playing the following day, Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcombrested her starters. The result was a 20-0 Ole Miss run to cut the Vanderbilt lead down to 13 points at 72-59. Walk-on Myka Dancy finally ended Vanderbilt's scoring drought with a baseline drive to score the last basket of the game.
With the victory, Vanderbilt advances to second round to play the Georgia Bulldogs in the second game of the evening session. The game will begin approximately 25 minutes after the end of the earlier game between Arkansas and Tennessee, probably around 7 p.m. CT.
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