An offensive explosion and career scoring days from a pair of Commodores helped Vanderbilt cruise past Tennessee Tech 89-57 on the to their ninth victory in a row.
Vanderbilt improved to 10-1 on the season with a large non conference matchup on tap this Wednesday against the incoming nationally ranked Cardinals of Louisville. Sunday's game versus the Golden Eagles was a good tuneup for the Dores as they were clicking on all cylinders and got contributions from players all across the board.
It was a close game early in the 1st quarter with Tech trailing 17-16 but that was as close as the game would get. A 28-8 run by the Dores blew the door wide open and they never looked back.
Led in scoring by junior guard Christa Reed (25 pts), Vanderbilt had a balanced scoring attack with three players finishing in double digit scoring. Freshman Erin Whalen scored a career high 23 points along with going 3-6 from the three point line and 8-8 from the charity stripe. She also produced a double-double with the 23 points and crashing the boards with 11 rebounds. Fellow freshman, Lea-Lea Carter had her best game in a Vanderbilt uniform. She scored a career high 18 points along with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Vanderbilt did play most of the game without senior leader Marqu'es Webb. Middle of the second quarter, Webb collided with a Tennessee Tech player which caused the training to carry her out on a stretcher. She was out the remainder of the game but a few hours away the game concluded, Webb announced on Twitter that everything was fine and she would be good to go come Wednesday.
After taking the lead in the 1st half, Vanderbilt never looked back and dominated the second half on the way to the win. It was another impressive performance for coach Stephanie White and her team. Balanced scoring, solid defense, good rebounding and fundamental ball led to the victory over Tennessee Tech and this has been the formula to success thus far on the season.
It was a bit of a homecoming on Sunday inside on Memorial Gym. Golden Eagles head coach Kim Rosamond is a former Vanderbilt assistant coach who is in her 1st season as Golden Eagles head coach.
Nationally #8 ranked Louisville comes to Memorial Gym Wednesday for the Dores last biggest non conference matchup of the season. It will be another great opportunity for Vanderbilt to not only continue building their resume but also go after a win against one of the best women's basketball programs in the country.