Vanderbilt routs Siena for championship, 76-47

The Vanderbilt Commodores won their fourth game of the season as they defeated Siena 76-47 in the championship game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament.

Four Commodores scored in double figures, led by senior guard Abi Ramsey with 21 points, including six 3-pointers. Senior forward Ashley Earley was close behind with 20 points, while sophomore point guard Dee Davis added 14 and sophomore center Carla Thomas had 13.

In the first eleven minutes of the game, the Vanderbilt defense forced 13 turnovers and held Siena to a single basket, a 3-pointer by Michelle Blot early in the game. In the meantime, transition baskets generated by the defense helped build a 19-3 Vanderbilt lead with nine minutes left in the half.

Another Siena 3-pointer broke the long scoring drought, but Ramsey answered immediately with a 3-pointer on the other end. The teams exchanged a couple of baskets, resulting in a score of 24-10 with 7:37 left in the half.

Neither team scored for over three minutes, then Vanderbilt went on a 14-1 run in the final minutes of the half to take a 38-11 lead into the locker room at halftime.

But unlike Saturday's game, coming out of the locker room, Vanderbilt didn't continue to build on the lead as the game progressed. For the entire second half, the Commodores simply maintained the lead that they had established in the first half.

Siena managed to trim the lead to 23 points about midway through the half, and a basket by Katie Eggers in the final couple of minutes increased the lead to 32 points, the biggest of the night. But for most of the second half, the lead hovered around 27 points, just as it had been at halftime. But nevertheless, when the final buzzer sounded, the Commodores claimed the 76-47 victory.

For the game, Vanderbilt shot 54.5% from the field, 51.7% in the first half and 57.7% in the second half. Siena shot 47.1% for the game, but the two halves were very different. In the first half, they shot only 19% from the field, but in the second half, they shot much better at 54.2%.

Long-range shooting followed the same pattern. The Commodores were consistent across the two halves, shooting 41.7% from 3-point range in the first half and 42.9% in the second. Siena, on the other hand, shot only 22% in the first half, then hit a blistering 75% in the second half.

Siena out-rebounded Vanderbilt 31-28, but had 30 turnovers compared to only 14 for Vanderbilt. Sixteen of Siena's turnovers were the result of Vanderbilt steals.

After the game, Abi Ramsey, who averaged 19 points and shot 11 of 16 from 3-point range for the two games, was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by Vanderbilt teammates Ashley Earley and Dee Davis, as well as Peta Kneen or Rhode Island, Andreike Jackson of UT-Martin, and Laura Menty of Siena.

Next action for Vanderbilt is a home game against Memphis on Wednesday, December 1. The game will be the first game of a doubleheader and will start at 6 p.m. In the second game, the men's team will host Austin Peay.

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