Photo Gallery: VU Women Defeat Georgia

Vanderbilt defeated Georgia 64-51 Sunday afternoon in Athens to improve to 16-6 overall, 5-2 in the SEC. VandyMania's WhitneyD was there and shares these photos from the Dores' second straight victory on the road.

Inflatable mascots aren't new at Stegeman Coliseum, but Spike 1 is the latest version.

Jen Risper played from start to finish, the entire 40 minutes of the game.

Freshman point guard Jence Rhoads played 33 minutes with 2 assists and 0 turnovers.

Merideth Marsh scored the first seven points of the game for Vanderbilt.

Liz Sherwood's old-fashioned 3-point play put the Dores ahead 10-9.

Georgia's sophomore point guard, #1 Ashley Houts, played all 40 minutes of the game.

After Georgia' Tasha Humphrey fouled Jen Risper and sent her to the line, where Risper's free throws put Vanderbilt head 19-19, Georgia Coach Andy Landers shouted at his team, "WHO ARE THE SHOOTERS?! It wasn't her!"

Landers might have been thinking of Tina Wirth, who immediately hit a 3-pointer, prompting Landers to call timeout.

After the timeout, she hit another one to give Vanderbilt a 27-11 lead, causing Landers to put his head in his hands.

Freshman post Hannah Tuomi finished the game with six points and six rebounds.

Early in the second half, the Lady Dawgs continued their comeback to tie the game. For the middle part of the second half, the teams battled for the lead, and emotions ran high.

Georgia tied the game five minutes into the second half. For the next seven minutes, there were five ties and a couple of lead changes.

"Once we took it back, we went from there," said Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb, who recorded her 300th victory. "I could just see it in our kids' eyes."

After taking the lead with seven minutes left, the Dores held off the Lady Dawgs for the rest of the game. In the end, it came down to being able to make the free throws, as Georgia fouled to get possession.

As Ashley Houts could do nothing but watch, Jence Rhoads scored Vanderbilt's final point of the game from the free throw line to seal the victory.

With two solid SEC road wins behind them, the Dores now return home for a Thursday night game against the Gamecocks.

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Photos copyright 2008 by Whitney D for Top Stories