But everything else went Vanderbilt's way. After falling behind by six points midway through the first half, the Dores battled back, took the lead and finished the first half on a 12-0 run to take a 31-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Early in the second half, Vanderbilt took a 13-point lead on a 3-pointer by Tina Wirth. But the Lady Vols weren't finished yet. Midway through the second half, they cut the lead to just five points at 47-42.
But the Dores didn't cave in. Hannah Tuomi started a 9-1 Vanderbilt run, capped off by another 3-pointer from Wirth and prompting Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt to call timeout.
Tennessee scored off the inbounds play, but couldn't gain any more ground. From that point, the Lady Vols couldn't cut the Vanderbilt lead to single digits. With three minutes left in the game, baskets by Jessica Mooney and Jence Rhoads gave the Dores a 21-point lead, the largest of the game, with three minutes left in the game. Somewhere in the tunnels of Memorial Gym, the fat lady began her vocal warmups, and when she made her appearance, Vanderbilt claimed the 74-58 victory.
All five Vanderbilt starters scored in double figures, led by Jessica Mooney with 15 points. Hannah Tuomi and Jen Risper each scored 12; Merideth Marsh added 11, and Tina Wirth scored 10. Tuomi and Risper each had six rebounds, and Jence Rhoads was the assist leader with four.
Next action for Vanderbilt is the annual "Jam the Gym" promotion on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when the LSU Lady Tigers visit Memorial Gym. Tickets for the game are available for $1.
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