Vanderbilt Claims Hard Fought Victory Over Temple

Five Commodores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt claimed a hard-fought 84-74 victory over Temple Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Chantelle Anderson led the Commodores with 24 points, including 9 of 10 from the field and 6 of 6 from the line. She was followed by Zuzi Klimesova with 18, Jillian Danker with 14, Ashley McElhiney with 11, and Ashley Earley off the bench with 10.

The first half was close from start to finish, with neither team holding more than a 5-point lead during the half. Vanderbilt stayed in the game with sharp shooting, hitting 14 of their 21 first half shots for a 67% clip. Temple relied on ferocious defensive pressure which forced 11 first half Vanderbilt turnovers and on the 3-point shot, hitting five 3-pointers in the half.

In all, in the first half there were four ties and seven lead changes, with the latest coming with 26 seconds left in the half when an old-fashioned three-point play by Chantelle Anderson gave Vanderbilt a 37-34 halftime lead.

Klimesova scored the first basket of the second half giving Vandy a 5-point lead at 39-34. But then over the next seven minutes, Temple hit five 3-pointers, while Vandy could manage only 2 baskets from the field. When the damage was done, the Owls held an 8-point lead at 56-48 with 13:05 remaining in the game.

But then the momentum shifted once again, with Vandy freshman Ashley Earley providing the spark off the bench. Her first basket of the game kicked off a 27-4 Commodore run over the next eight minutes. Her last basket of the game gave Vandy a 75-60 lead with 4:42 remaining. In all, in that decisive run, Earley scored 10 points, and Chantelle Anderson added 11. Anderson was leading rebounder with 8, and McElhiney and Klimesova each added six assists.

Temple wasn't done for the night, however. The Owls trimmed the lead back to single digits several times in the last few minutes of the game. But the Commodore continued to hit their free thows, including seven straight in the final 1:30 of the game. When the dust cleared, Vandy had held on for the 84-74 victory.

The teams were a study in contrasts. Vanderbilt hit a sizzling 68.3% of their shots from the field, compared to only 38.8% for Temple.  Temple took 67 shots from the field, including 25 from 3-point range, compared to only 41 for the Commodores, who attempted only three 3-pointers in the game. The Owls' defensive pressure forced 19 Vanderbilt turnovers for the game, while they turned the ball over only seven times. The taller Commodores ruled the boards, out-rebounding the Owls 30-16. Both teams were excellent at the free throw line, with Vanderbilt hitting 81.8% of their free throws and Temple hitting 76.9%.

After playing 11 games in a month, the Commodores (10-1) now have a 13-day break before their next game at Vermont on December 22. After a trip to Lubbock on December 29 to play #14-ranked Texas Tech, the Commodores will return home to face Canisius on December 31. Top Stories