Vanderbilt women maul Charleston S. 83-39

Four Commodores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt defeated Charleston Southern 83-39 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament presented by the Nashville City Paper.

Junior guard Caroline Williams led all scorers with 23 points, her second consecutive career-high. Junior post Carla Thomas scored 18, sophomore post Liz Sherwood scored 14, and senior post Nicole Jules added 10.

The outcome was never in doubt, as Vanderbilt held a 15-point lead midway through the first half and led 41-16 at halfime.

Since tickets for the tournament games on Friday and Saturday are free, families with children were a significant part crowd. Before the game, special activities were set up for children in the Southeast Lobby.

Junior post Carla Thomas shot free throws early and often, finishing the game a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line.

Junior guard Caroline Williams connected on seven 3-pointers out of eleven attempts.

Junior point guard Dee Davis led the team with eight assists and four steals . . .

. . . and also pulled down four rebounds

Besides her 3-pointers, Caroline also was fouled on this shot and sank both of her free throws. For the game, Vanderbilt shot 93.8% from the free throw line.

Carla scored 18 points and led the team with seven rebounds.

Senior post Nicole Jules scored 10 points off the bench by shooting 5 for 5 from the field. For the season so far, she connected on 18 of her 21 field goal attempts for a sizzling .857 percentage.

Senior point guard Erica Grimaldi had her own cheering section with about 30 family members in the stands for the game.

Freshman guard Jennifer Risper and freshman post Amy Malo are still rehabbing off-season knee injuries but were all smiles after the victory.

In the second game, Colgate defeated McNeese State 82-78. The Vanderbilt players scouted the game during the first half, but timeouts provided a chance to enjoy the victory.

On Saturday, McNeese State will meet Charleston Southern in the Consolation Game at 2:00 p.m., and Vanderbilt and Colgate will meet in the Championship Game at 4:00. Tickets for the games are free.

Photographs copyright 2005 by Whitney D. for

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