In the early going, it looked as if Balcomb's inaugural game would be memorable for all the wrong reasons. The tenacious Terriers, who returned their top five scorers from last year's 17-11 team, sank their teeth into the #11-ranked Vanderbilt, and for the entire first half, the Commodores struggled to shake them off.
Vanderbilt guard Hillary Hager scored the first basket of the game, and
the Commodores managed to scrape their way to a 4-point lead at 13-9
with 9:25 remaining in the half. But then Vandy's offense stalled, while
the Terriers chipped away. By the time Chantelle Anderson ended the
Commodores' five-minute scoring drought, BU had taken the lead at 16-13.
An old-fashioned 3-point play by Anderson tied the game again at 16-16,
but BU answered quickly, and the Commodores trailed for the remainder
of the half, with Jenni Benningfield's layup to end the half cutting the
deficit to just one point.
Fortunately for Vanderbilt, the Commodores' spluttering offense came to
life in the second half. After shooting only 35% from the field in the
first half, the Commodores shot a blistering 68% from the field in the
The second half turnaround began as soon as the half began. Vanderbilt
rolled off an 8-0 run in the first two minutes of the half, capped by a
3-pointer by Hager to give the Commodores a 7-point lead at 30-23.
Though the Terriers continued to play aggressively and cut the lead back to
3 points a couple of times, they were never able to reclaim the lead.
Jenni Benningfield's free throw with 13:39 left gave the Commodores a
10-point lead, and Vanderbilt continued to slowly build the lead until a
pair free throws from Anderson with 1:13 left gave Vanderbilt their
biggest lead of the night at 68-49. BU managed one more layup to end the
scoring at 68-51.
It was a rough night for Vandy's senior class. All-American Chantelle
Anderson's double double was the kind no player wants, with 10 turnovers
to go along with her 13 points. Point guard Ashley McElhiney was
charged with 8 turnovers.
Fortunately for Vanderbilt, the junior class had their backs, with
Jenni Benningfield notching the good kind of double double with 16 points,
13 rebounds -- not to mention 4 charges drawn. Hillary Hager scored 14
points (5 of 6 from the field, 2 of 3 from 3-point range) and pulled
down 6 boards. Sophomore forward Tia Battle added 11 points.
Katie Terhune, a unanimous selection to the preseason all-conference
team in the America East, led BU with 20 points. No other Terrier scored
in double figures. Marisa Moseley was the leading rebounder for BU with
For the game, the Commodores shot 51.1% from the field, while holding
BU to only 29.5%. Vanderbilt also held a substantial edge on the boards
with 42 rebounds compared to 30 for BU. Vanderbilt, however, turned the
ball over 26 times, compared to 18 for BU.
After the game, the Commodores boarded a bus for Syracuse, where
they'll play on Tuesday night. Boston University will host Harvard, who just
defeated Syracuse, on Tuesday night.
Vandy women down Boston U.
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