Vanderbilt women conquer Troy, 78-50

NASHVILLE-- Four Commodores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt defeated the Troy Trojans 78-50 Sunday at Memorial Gym. Senior forward Ashley Earley led all scorers with 22 points. Carla Thomas added 15, Abi Ramsey scored 14 including four 3-pointers, and Dee Davis scored 12 points and dished out nine assists.

NASHVILLE-- Four Commodores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt defeated the Troy Trojans 78-50 Sunday at Memorial Gym. Senior forward Ashley Earley led all scorers with 22 points. Carla Thomas added 15, Abi Ramsey scored 14 including four 3-pointers, and Dee Davis scored 12 points and dished out nine assists.

After Earley scored the first basket of the game, Audrey Muse hit a 3-pointer for Troy to give the Trojans their only lead of the game at 3-2. An answering 3-pointer from Davis put the Commodores back in front, and they never trailed again.

Gradually Vanderbilt extended the lead, which reached double digits for good at 21-10 on a fast break layup by Davis with eleven minutes left in the first half. Despite good outside shooting by the Trojans, who made five 3-pointers in the first half, the Commodore lead reached 20 points late in the half, and Vanderbilt took a 39-21 lead into the locker room at intermission.

In the second half, the Commodore lead continue to grow, reaching 30 points, the largest of the game, at 76-46 with three minutes left in the game. In the final minutes of the game, several Vanderbilt turnovers helped the Trojans to trim the lead, slightly but when the final buzzer sounded, the Commodores claimed the 78-50 victory.

For the game, Vanderbilt shot 58.2% from the field while holding Troy to 40.4%. From long range, the Commodores shot 44.4%, while the Trojans shot 38.9%. However, there was a marked difference in the two halves. In the first half, Troy was 5 of 10 from 3-point range, while Vanderbilt took more shots (13) and made fewer of them (4). In the second half, however, the Trojans were only 2-for-8, while the Commodores were 4-for-5.

Vanderbilt won the rebounding battle 30-23. The Commodores also had fewer turnovers, committing only 12 themselves while forcing the Trojans to commit 17. The game had relatively few fouls, with neither team reaching the bonus in either half. Vanderbilt had only seven free-throw attempts and made six of them, and Troy only had two attempts, making one.

With the victory, Vanderbilt improves to 11-1, while Troy falls to 2-7. Vanderbilt's next game will be at home on Thursday night, when they host the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The game is the "Newspaper Recycle Night", the first "Give Back Thursday" promotion. Fans who donate a newspaper will receive one free admission ticket. Game time is 7 p.m.


Vanderbilt's Ashley Earley goes up to the basket for two points as she is guarded by Troy's Valensia Hairston (AP /Neil Brake)

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