VU Women Trounce Belmont 104-43

Four Commodores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt trounced Belmont 104-43 in the first game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament. Liz Sherwood led the attack with 24 points, followed by Tina Wirth with 19, Lauren Lueders with 12, and Jen Risper with 10.


Tina Wirth finished the game with 19 points, connecting on all four of her attempts from 3-point range. Her first 3-pointer of the game gave Vanderbilt the lead from the get-go, and Belmont never threatened the rest of the way.

Freshman point guard Jence Rhoads notched six assists with only one turnover in 28 minutes of play.

Jen Risper shot a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line and 1-1 from the field.

Liz Sherwood recorded 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and only 1 turnover in 20 minutes of play.

Amber Norton scored 4 points, including 2-2 from the free throw line, with 4 rebounds in only six minutes play.

Merideth Marsh had five assists with no turnovers in her 15 minutes of play. If players were given assists when the recipient is fouled in the act of shooting and makes the free throws, she would have had another assist on this play.

Marsh also had two steals, and she took this one to the basket herself.

Freshman guard Chanel Chisholm tallied six points and eight rebounds in 13 minutes of play. After missing three of her first four free throw attempts, she was a perfect 4-4 on the last four attempts.

Two of Sherwood's points came on a fast break, when she stole the ball, then drove to the basket and scored.

Lauren Lueders hit three 3-pointers out of five attempts, sufficent to warrant a player to chase her around the court.

Jessica Mooney scored six points in 13 minutes of play.

Amy Malo was one of seven Dores who were perfect from the free throw line.

Freshman post Hannah Tuomi scored six points in her eight minutes on the court.

At halftime, Vanderbilt led 56-27, then started the second half with a 30-0 run. Belmont's first field goal of the second half came at the 10:24 mark. With the big lead, Coach Melanie Balcomb was able to give her younger players significant real game experience.

For the last eight minutes of the game, the four freshman (Jence Rhoads, Hannah Tuomi, Chanel Chisholm, and Rebecca Silinski) and sophomore Ashlee Bridge were on the court for Vanderbilt.

Bridge was another one of the Dores who stole the ball and scored. She sank the basket, was fouled, and hit the free throw for an old-fashioned 3-point play. In the end, Vanderbilt passed the century mark for the final score of 104-43.

In the second game of the first round of the tournament, Iowa State defeated Michigan 67-43. Aussie guard Alison Lacey scored 35 points for the Cyclones, connecting on nine of 13 attempts from 3-point range. Krista Phillips scored 21 for the Wolverines.

The second and final round of the tournament will be played on Sunday. At noon, Belmont will play Michigan in the consolation game, while Vanderbilt will play Iowa State in the championship game at 2 p.m. Admission to both games is free.

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Photos copyright 2007 by Whitney D. for Top Stories