Both the men's and women's basketball teams at South Carolina play in the new Colonial Center on the university campus.
Vanderbilt led for almost the entire first half, thanks in part to point guard Dee Davis, who scored 10 of her 15 points in the first half.
"Hip Hop" from the Philadelphia 76ers entertained fans at the game during timeouts and halftime.
Junior guard Caroline Williams sank three 3-pointers in the first half to help the Commodores to a 32-25 halftime lead.
Sophomore post Liz Sherwood scored 11 points in the game.
Hip Hop entertained the fans at halftime with acrobatic and high-flying dunks.
In addition to her 11 points, Sherwood had three assists, including this one to Carla Thomas.
A South Carolina run tied the game at 42-42 midway through the second half. After a free throw by Williams gave Vanderbilt a 1-point lead, freshman guard Holly Rogers hit a crucial 3-pointer.
After getting into early foul trouble in the first half, junior post Carla Thomas scored all of her 16 points in the second half.
Defense, rebounding and solid free throw shooting down the stretch by Davis, Rogers and Thomas sealed the Vanderbilt victory.
After the game, the South Carolina players joined the fans, pep band and cheerleaders in singing the Alma Mater.
As usual, Head Coach Melanie Balcomb talked with Charlie Mattos, "The Voice of Vanderbilt Women's Basketball", after the game.
Outside the gym, the players, including Carla Thomas, had a chance to visit with family members who had made the long trip to Columbia.
Many members of Caroline Williams' family made the trip from Georgia.
Several members of Holly Rogers' family made the trip from Tennessee.
Chanelle Thomas, graduate administrative assistant, and Hadley Zeavin, one of the team's managers, posed for a photo after checking to be sure that all the equipment had been loaded for the trip back to the airport for the flight home to Nashville.