Women's Hoops: Vandy smothers the Tigers, 55-39

SEC Player of the Year Chantelle Anderson scored 16 points as sixth-ranked Vanderbilt used a record setting defense to beat Auburn 55-39 Friday night in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals. Vanderbilt faces the Arkansas Lady Backs on Saturday.

Auburn, which has won just four league games all season, was held to a tournament record low 39 points. Auburn won the tournament in 1997.

Vanderbilt surged out to an early 15-4 lead and never trailed in the contest. The Commodores out-shot the Tigers 54% to 25% in the first half and 40% to 29% for the game. Vanderbilt held a comfortable lead at halftime at 32-17.

In the second half the 'Dores led by as many as 23 before emptying the bench late in the game which allowed the Tigers to narrow the big lead. The Commodores scored just 6 points over nine of the last 10 minutes of the game.

The #3 seeded Commodores dominated the #11 seeded Tigers on the boards, 47-24. Zuzy Klimesova pulled down 12 followed by Chantelle Anderson with 9 boards and Jenni Benningfield with 7.

Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Chantelle Anderson with 16 points followed by Jenni Benningfield with 11. Other scorers included Zuzy Klimesova with 8; Jillian Danker with 7; Julie Colli 6; Ashley Mcelhiney 4; Tia Battle 1; and Ashley Early 1. Auburn's leading scorer was Le'Coe Willingham with 13.

After the Vanderbilt Coach Jim Foster had these comments: "Our players made good decisions today on the defensive end. We have great respect for Le'Coe Willingham and we did a great job defending her. Our effort was concentrated on the defensive end because it was an area that is important to us and we did a great job tonight."

Saturday night Vanderbilt will play #7 seeded Arkansas, a 79-61 upset winner over #2 seed South Carolina.

Other SEC Tournament Action

Tennessee 81 Georgia 67
LSU 74 Kentucky 62- Tennessee faces LSU in the semi finals.

Arkansas 79 South Carolina 61- Arkansas faces Vandy in the semi finals.

Note: All photos are by the Mark Humphrey of the Associated Press.

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