The Spirit of Gold had a busy weekend with a football game on Saturday and a men's basketball game on Saturday night but that didn't stop them from playing at the women's game on Sunday afternoon.
Jessica Mooney provided the offensive punch in the first minutes of the game, as Vanderbilt sprinted out to a 14-0 lead. Eight of those fourteen points came from Mooney, either off drives to the basket or from the free throw line.
Tina Wirth did it all, with three assists, six rebounds, a block and a steal to go along with her 17 points.
Freshman Hannah Tuomi scored five points in seven minutes of play.
"Tina's like a well-oiled machine," Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said after the game. "Every day she gives 100%, and she knows what she's doing and she works at every little thing that we teach. . . . Her hard work and attitude just showed tonight in the game. She didn't play down to the level of the competition; she played at her level, and she's about getting better every day. And that's incredible discipline, which Tina has."
Jen Risper led the team with seven rebounds. In addition, she scored six points, two steals, and two assists with only one turnover. "Same thing," said Balcomb. "Jen Risper and Tina Wirth are juniors. They really have done a great job of really working hard every day at what we're teaching at a very high level. Their intensity, their focus, their attitude, and their effort is exactly where we need it."
Liz Sherwood finished the game with seven points, including 3/3 from the field, and had three blocks, three steals, and one assist.
Merideth Marsh was 3 for 5 from 3-point range.
"Tina and Liz had eight shots at halftime and neither one had missed," Balcomb said. "We tried to make an adjustment at halftime and get the ball inside more, and I think we did a better job in the second half."
Lauren Lueders hit two 3-pointers and had two assists with no turnovers.
Freshman post Rebecca Silinski notched a block, a rebound, and a trip to free throw line during her time on the court.
All of the team's freshmen, including Chanel Chisholm, saw playing time during the game.
After the successful two-game homestand to start the season, the team takes to the road for the next two games. On Wednesday night, the Dores will play Indiana State in Terre Haute, Indiana. Then, next week they travel to Clemson, South Carolina before returning home for the Thanksgiving Tournament. Games for the "Turkey Tourney" will take place on Friday and Sunday, and admission is free to all of the tournament games.
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