Vanderbilt was red-hot from 3-point range, connecting on 17 of 27 attempts from long range. Four different Commodores hit at least three 3-pointers. Stringfield had six, junior guard Caroline Williams and freshman guard Holly Rogers each had four, and freshman guard/forward Tina Wirth had three.
The 3-point shooters benefited both from the post players and from point guard Dee Davis' sterling performance. Davis finished the night with only one turnover and 22 assists, with 15 of those assists coming from feeds to the outside shooters.
"One of our keys offensively was to get the middle runner and the post sprinting down the middle of the floor and staying in the middle and then posting," said Head Coach Melanie Balcomb after the game. "It sucks the defense in, and then your shooters can be open to shoot."
The result was well-balanced scoring with five different players scoring in double figures. Besides Stringfield's 20 points, Williams and Carla Thomas each had 14, Wirth scored 13, and Rogers 12.
"It looked like it was supposed to look tonight on both ends of the floor," said Head Coach Melanie Balcomb after the game. "You want to get to the point where you have four starters in double figures and your point guard has 10 assists. Now, today [Davis] happened to get 22, but with the kids that we have, if we can keep them healthy, we have the first team that can do that, if we play well."
Although the final score turned out to be lop-sided, in the first ten minutes of the game, there wasn't any hint that was going to be the outcome. Shanika Freeman, who led EA Sports with 17 points, scored the first basket of the game, and Vanderbilt didn't take the lead for good until a jumper by Thomas put the Commodores ahead 21-19 when 9:57 left in the half.
Soon afterwards, the 3-point barrage began in earnest. Stringfield's second 3-pointer stretched the lead to seven points, then another by Rogers put the lead into double digits for the first time. By halftime, Vanderbilt led by 17 points at 49-32.
Before five minutes had elapsed in the second half, four more 3-pointers, including two from Wirth, had pushed the lead out to 24 points. From there, the Commodores continued to pull farther and farther away, leading by as much as 41 points late in the half. In the last couple of minutes of the game, EAS trimmed the lead to 37 points at the final buzzer.
After a disappointing 69-60 loss to Arizona State on Friday night, Balcomb was pleased with the progress that the team has made since then.
"We played awful bad out in Arizona, and when you play that badly, you have your kids' attention," she said. "We just had the two best practices in a long time, and we've watched so much film and practiced so hard and spent so much time in the gym, extra film, extra everything. They re-established their commitment. They got woken up that first day, and I really like how they responded."