Vandy women hammer Clemson

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 16/17 Vanderbilt women's basketball team defeated Clemson, 86-49, in the second round of the WBCA/BTI Classic Saturday at the Wells Fargo Arena.

The game marked Melanie Balcomb's 100th as head coach of the Commodores. Now in her fourth year at Vanderbilt, Balcomb has won 73 percent of her games with the Dores.

Senior Nicole Jules came off the bench to post a career-high 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting. She led five Commodores in double-figures. All five Commodore starters scored at least eight points, led by junior Dee Davis' 14-point effort. Freshman Christina Wirth, from neighboring Mesa, Ariz., added 13 points. Sophomore Liz Sherwood and junior Carla Thomas contributed 12 and 10, respectively.

Julie Talley, the only Clemson player in double-figures, led the Tigers with 14 points.

Vanderbilt opened up a 12-point halftime lead (45-33) with help from an 11-4 run which closed the period. In the second half, the Commodores' defense clamped down. VU held Clemson to six points in the first 13 minutes of the second half. The Tigers committed 16 second-half turnovers which the Commodores turned into 18 points.

The Dores also improved their free-throw shooting on Saturday. Both Davis and Thomas were 6-of-6 from the line, leading Vanderbilt to a 77.8 overall free-throw shooting percentage.

The Commodores return to action this Wednesday, Nov. 16, playing host to EA Sports at Memorial Gymnasium in VU's final exhibition contest of the year.

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