VU Women Rout Alabama, 92-47

Four Commodores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt routed the Alabama Crimson Tide 92-47 Sunday afternoon in Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Tina Wirth led the Dores with 20 points; Hannah Tuomi scored 12, and Merideth Marsh and Jessica Mooney scored 11 points each. Alabama's Tierney Jenkins led all scorers with 21 points.

Sunday afternoon was Alabama's "Think Pink" game, a part of the WBCA's initiative to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on campuses and communities across the country. During the week of February 8-17, hundreds of women's basketball programs will sponsor "Think Pink!" games as part of the initiative. Throughout the game, there were plenty of reminders of the theme.

The visiting Commodores wore special pink T-shirts for warm-ups instead of their usual black and white road warm-ups.

The home team wore the same pink t-shirts for their warm-ups.

At home, the Dores have been coming out really strong. Before the game, Head Coach Melanie Balcomb talked to the team about doing the same thing on the road, to make sure that "they didn't look different at home and on the road."

And so they did. A 3-pointer from Tina Wirth gave Vanderbilt the first lead of the game, and the Dores never relinquished it. She went on to score 15 points in the first half.

As the game went on, there were more signs of "Think Pink", including the referee's' whistles . . .

. . . and the pink shoelaces worn by players of both teams.

Two 3-pointers from Lauren Lueders pushed the Commodores lead to 16 points with 7:23 left in the first half.

Freshman post Hannah Tuomi scored 12 points in the first half, including this basket on a run out following a defensive rebound. Her next basket pushed the lead to 20 points at 35-13. At halftime, the Dores led 47-19.

Besides her 12 points, Jessica Mooney contributed nine assists with only two turnovers, and four steals.

Merideth Marsh connected on four of her five shots from the field, including three or four from 3-point range.

In another sign of "Think Pink," some players from both teams wore pink headbands.

Coach Balcomb wore a light pink blouse, and as the lead grew past 30 points, then 40 points, she had reason to smile.

Amber Norton, whose playing time this year has been limited by injuries, took the ball coast to coast following a steal. She was fouled and hit both free throws to finish with five points and two rebounds in nine minutes of play.

Ashlee Bridge scored Vanderbilt's last field goal of the game. A couple of free throws by Chanel Chisholm ended the scoring for the game at 92-47.

Tuscaloosa is less than an hour away from Birmingham, the hometown of freshman post #33 Rebecca Silinski, so many of her friends, family, former teammates, coaches and teachers made the trip to the game.

With the victory over the Crimson Tide, Vanderbilt improves to 18-6 for the season, 7-2 in the SEC. Next, the Dores return home to host their on "Think Pink" game on Thursday night against Kentucky (12-11 overall; 6-3 in the SEC). Gametime is 7 p.m., and fans are encouraged to wear pink.

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