Oakland scored first in the game, but that early 2-0 lead lasted less than a minute. Vandy immediately reeled off 10 straight points to take a 12-2 lead with 12:21 left in the first half. Oakland never cut the lead to single digits again. The biggest lead of the first half was 19 points at 30-11 with 4:12 left, but six straight Oakland points cut the lead to 30-17 at halftime.
The Oakland run continued into the second half when Katie Wolfe hit
Oakland's only 3-pointer of the game to cut the Vandy lead to 10 points at
30-20. But, aided by several Oakland turnovers, the Commodores soon
padded their lead, which reached 20 points at 45-25 with 11:52 left in the
game and continued to grow until the final buzzer sounded with the
score of 63-38.
Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Chantelle Anderson with 28 points,
followed by Ashley McElhiney with 12. Anderson was also leading rebounder
with 13, followed by Jenni Benningfield with 7. Four different
Commodores contributed 2 assists each.
Though Vanderbilt's offense at times was slightly out-of-kilter, the
defensive effort continued without abate throughout the game. Vandy's
defense focused on limiting the opportunities for Oakland's top two
scorers, Sarah Judd and Katie Wolfe. Judd, who scored 38 points in the
Mid-Continent tournament championship game, was held to 14 points, while
Wolfe scored 16. No other Oakland player scored more than 2.
For the game, Vanderbilt shot 41.8% from the field, compared to 32% for
Oakland. Vanderbilt out-rebounded the smaller Golden Grizzlies 40-26
and had 11 turnovers compared to 14 for Oakland.
Next the Commodores will face Arizona State University on Monday night.
The #8-seeded Sun Devils advanced by defeating the #9-seeded Wisconsin
Badgers 73-70 in the first game of the evening. Gametime is
approximately 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and the game will be
telecast on ESPN2.
The Press: When you got tangled up under your basket,
you started pulling down rebounds like you were a little bit ticked
off. Did that stir up something inside you?
Chantelle: Well, before that I was just really
frustrated with my play up to that point, and I think after that point, I
stopped being frustrated and got a little mad. Sometimes I play better
when I'm mad. Sometimes I don't, sometimes, I do. Coach Foster had a
little bit to do with that. He knows me better than I know myself sometimes.
He knows exactly what to say to me.
Coach Foster: I think what she's saying is that I know
how to make her mad.
The Press: What did you say to her?
Coach Foster: You'll never know.
The Press: You did win, but were you happy with the
Coach Foster: Let Ashley answer that.
Ashley Mac: Well, we came out on top, but I don't
think we played to our potential tonight. It's been about two weeks since
we last played, and I think it showed tonight. This game's behind us
now. Hopefully we got the rust off. We didn't play like we wanted to play
tonight. I guess that's the bottom line. So we just have to put it
behind us and come out and play against Arizona State.
The Press: Zuzi, do you think that's what it was, a
little bit of rust?
Zuzi: Probably, I don't think I was aggressive enough.
I gave up a lot of shots that I normally would have taken. But at the
same time, it's a win. Maybe it's a good that we had a game like this
now, so that we can just do better in the upcoming games.
The Press: Chantelle, did Judd kind of frustrate you
on the offensive end?
Chantelle: I was rushing shots and not using the
backboard, and I think that had more to do with what I was doing. I did get
a little frustrated when she blocked my shot once in the first half,
and I thought she fouled me but they didn't call it. Then she blocked my
shot again cleanly, and that kind of frustrated me. But other than I
think it was more that I was rushing my shots and not using the
backboard. I don't think I usually have two bad shooting games in a row, so
we'll have to see about that.
The Press: I don't know how much you watched the game
before, but what about Arizona State jumps out at you, Ashley?
Ashley Mac: They're here for a reason. Obviously,
they're a great team. They beat a good team tonight, so I'm sure that we'll
start preparing for them tomorrow. I can't say much about them other
than that they're a great team, and we'll have to come out ready to play
them Monday night.
The Press:Again, what did Oakland do against you all
that gave you problems early on?
Coach Foster: I think it was just that we haven't
played in two weeks. I think they played hard; I think they're a good
basketball team. How many times do I have to tell you guys that there's only
good teams left? They're hard-nosed. They've got two very good players.
Judd's a very very tough kid mentally. I have a lot of respect for
what they did. Getting our timing back --. there was a point in the second
half when we started to get our timing back and got in more of a flow
offensively. I thought our defensive effort was terrific, as good an
effort as we've had this year. The tempo of the game was the way we wanted
The Press: I guess at this time at year it's not about
style as about substance?
Coach Foster: I think it was a postseason game. Not a
lot of turnovers. A lot of banging. Physical. Competitive.
The Press: What's the disappointment?
Coach Foster: Who's disappointed?
The Press: The players sounded disappointed.
Coach Foster: I think that they're frustrated with
their performance in some dimensions. I think they're happy with -- like,
I don't think Chantelle is disappointed in the fact that she got 13
rebounds. She's probably doing cartwheels. I think the timing of your
offense when you don't play for two weeks can be a little suspect,
especially for a half-court team. It's not like we're going run out and get a
lot of layups in transition. I think the tempo was the way we like it. I
think tightening a few things up. I'd much rather play a team like that
than a team that just wanted to go up and down the floor. I think there
was a rhyme or reason. They were patient. I think what you saw was a
postseason basketball game. Two teams that played that way through the
course of the season and were good enough in what they do to win their
The Press: You said it's a dose of reality to lose in
a tournament like this, what would you tell them to go home feeling?
Coach Foster: I thought they had an incredible leader
in Judd, in her demeanor. Who's going to take the next step to replace
her? The Wolfe kid I think competed all night, moving without the ball
all night, gave them a spark all night. They have a lot of character
and a lot of heart. I have a lot of respect for their team.
The Press: Coach, could you speak to the
aggressiveness and hustle of your other two seniors?
Coach Foster: I thought we played really hard on
defense. I think any time you hold a team to 38 points and really work as
hard as we did . . . I thought Jillian did a terrific job defensively on
the Judd kid. She limited her touches. Obviously we're concerned.
Here's a kid coming off a 38 point game and a 30 point game before that. We
don't want to give her her touches. We don't want to let her take
20-something shots. They wanted her to take 20-something shots. So I think
defensively Jillian did a great job of limiting her.
The Press: Coach, looking at Arizona State, they put
on a terrific show in the second half. Tell me a little bit about them.
Coach Foster: Terrific point guard, good post player,
and a kid who had her career best game. Good team. They beat Stanford
to win the Pac 10 tournament. They've won 25 games. Good team.
The Press: There will be people who look at this game
and look at this score and look at UConn's pasting of St. Francis, for
example, and look at those margins of victory. I know you don't care
one way or another, but what do you say to those people?
Coach Foster: I would say look at the style of play
and look at the tempo of basketball. It depends on how well I know them.
I would say something a little more profane if they're a good friend of
mine. We play at this tempo. We're a 55 shot team. That's what we took
-- 55 shots. They took 50. If I had those racehorses that Geno had, we
might not be a 55-shot team. But we won a lot games playing that way,
and that's what we are. And I certainly won't apologize for it.
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