Chantelle Anderson notched her second double double in exhibition play with 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt in both categories. Sophomore guard Tia Battle added 12 points, 10 of them on fast breaks, and freshman post Nicole Jules and junior guard Hillary Hager each scored 11.
In the very early going, Vanderbilt's offense sizzled. Hillary Hager
sank a 3-pointer 15 seconds into the game, then junior forward Jenni
Benningfield aggressively attacked the basket, scoring seven straight
points for Vandy in the first three minutes of the game.
But the Commodores couldn't maintain the torrid pace. With a little
over 13 minutes left in the first half, senior point guard Ashley
McElhiney picked up two fouls in quick succession and spent the rest of the
first half on the bench. Freshman Erica Grimaldi took over the point guard
duties with the score 15-10.
Reebok cut the lead to 3 points on several occasions, but
Vanderbilt held on to the lead through the first half, thanks largely to 13
first half points from Anderson and a couple of timely 3-pointers from Abi
Ramsey and Grimaldi. When the teams headed to the lockerroom at
halftime, the Commodores held a 7-point lead at 35-28.
The second half began just like the first with a quick 3-pointer from
Hillary Hager to give the Dores their first double-digit lead at 38-28.
Tia Battle quickly followed with a steal and a fast break. But Reebok
kept hanging around, cutting the lead back to five at 44-39 with 15:35
remaining. But that would be as close as they'd get for the rest of the
Midway through the half, it was clear that the Stars, who were playing
short-handed because two players decided at the last minute not to make
the trip to Nashville, were running out of gas. Vanderbilt's lead grew
to 15 on a layup by Nicole Jules with 12:24 remaining and just kept on
growing until it reached 33 points at the end of the game on another
layup by Jules. When the dust settled, Vandy claimed a 87-54 victory.
The Commodores were led in scoring by Chantelle Anderson with 19
points, followed by Tia Battle with 12, and Hillary Hager and Nicole Jules
with 11 each. Anderson was also leading rebounder with 14, followed by
Hager and Ashley Earley with 6 each. Tia Battle had 5 steals, and Jenni
Benningfield had 3. Anderson blocked 4 shots, and Ashley McElhiney and
Erica Grimaldi each had 4 assists.
Jill Chapman, who just completed her rookie season with the Detroit
Shock of the WNBA, led Reebok with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Former Purdue
star Melina Griffina added 16.
For the game Vanderbilt shot 51.7% from the field (38.1% from 3-point
range), compared to 34.0% (27.8% from 3-point range) for Reebok.
Vanderbilt out-rebounded the Lady Stars 42-25. Turnovers were close, with the
Commodores committing 19, while Reebok had 20.
This game completes Vanderbilt's exhibition season. The regular season
begins November 23, when the Commodores travel to Boston University for
a 1 p.m. CT matchup with the BU Terriers.
Vanderbilt overpowers Reebok Lady Stars 87-54
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