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Photo Story: Vanderbilt outruns Louisville

On Saturday four games in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Chamionship tournament were played in Memorial Gym. In the final game, Vanderbilt defeated Louisville <A href="http://vucommodores.com/assets/sports/wbball/game-4.htm">76-64. Whitney D shares these photos from the day's action.

In the opening game, the Washington Huskies, the #9 seed in the San Antonio Region, defeated the #8-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers 73-69.

The UW victory gave Todd Turner, former athletic director at Vanderbilt and currently AD at Washington, something to smile about in the post-game press conference.

These Florida Atlantic fans had something to cheer about in the first of the FAU game against LSU, as they played the #1-seeded Lady Tigers toe-to-toe for about 10 miinutes.

But before the end of the half, the Lady Tigers took over, led by Player-of-the-Year candidate Seimone Augustus, who finished the game with 22 points.

The evening session featured games in the Cleveland Region. In the first game, the #1-seeded Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina defeated the Highlanders of UC-Riverside 75-51.

a True to their nickname, UCR brought their pipe band instead of a conventional pep band.

Warmups don't always accurately fortell what will happen in a game, but in this case, Vanderbilt did indeed fill up the net in their game against the Louisville Cardinals, shooting 55% from the field for the game.

This 3-pointer by junior guard Caroline Williams two minutes into the game tied the school record for 3-point shots made in a season, set last year by Abi Ramsey. She went on to finish the night with 21 points, six of them coming on 3-point shots, and the other three coming on an old-fashioned 3-point play.

At the start of the second half, the score was tied 36-36, but as the half progressed, the Cardinals took a 6-point lead at 52-46. Another 3-pointer from Williams trimmed their lead back to 52-49.

With Vanderbilt leading by one point at 65-64 with 2:24 left, Williams scored on a drive and was fouled. After the timeout, she sank the free throw to give Vanderbilt a 66-64 lead. As it turned out, the Commodore defense would hold the Cardinals scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Down the stretch, the Dores were a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line, including 6-6 by junior post Carla Thomas, to seal the 76-64 victory.

After the game, former Vanderbilt teammates Chavonne Hammond Taylor, now an assistant coach at Tennesse State University, and Candice Story, now the NCAA compliance officer at Vanderbilt, posed for a photo.

In the press conference after the game, Caroline Williams smiled as she talked about her old-fashioned 3-point play. The coaches for both teams agreed that it was a turning point in the game.

Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb is now faced with preparing her team to meet UNC, the #1 team in the country, on Monday night at 6 p.m. In the second game of the night, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the LSU Lady Tigers will face the Washington Huskies. Tickets are available at the Vanderbilt ticket office.

Photos copyright 2006 by Whitney D for VandyMania.com.

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