Vanderbilt falls at #6 LSU

Junior Jenni Benningfield once again put up big numbers, but her 19 points could not lift Vanderbilt over No. 6 LSU as the Tigers won, 70-59, Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge, La. Senior Chantelle Anderson also provided offense as she contributed 18 points and 5 rebounds. But, playing without senior point guard Ashley McElhiney, it was the 25 turnovers Vanderbilt committed that propelled LSU to victory.

For the second consecutive game the Commodores were without a successful 3-point attempt. Vanderbilt finished just 0-6 from beyond the arc. LSU fared little better hitting just 1 of 10 3-point attempts.

The loss drops the Commodores to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in SEC, while the Tigers improve to 17-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

Vanderbilt next travels to Auburn on Thursday for a 7 p.m. CST meeting with the surging Tigers. Auburn thrashed Arkansas on Sunday.

OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
Vanderbilt vs LSU                                                               
01/26/03 2 p.m. at Baton Rouge, La. (PMAC)                                      
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VISITORS: Vanderbilt 12-6 (2-3)                                                 
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
12 Tia Battle           f  4-7    0-0    5-6    1  2  3   2  13   2  4  0  1  37
42 Jenni Benningfield   f  8-16   0-3    3-3    1  4  5   4  19   0  4  1  0  36
21 Chantelle Anderson   c  8-11   0-0    2-6    1  4  5   2  18   4  5  4  2  37
11 Erica Grimaldi       g  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   0   2  5  0  1  22
24 Hillary Hager        g  3-8    0-3    1-2    1  7  8   4   7   3  6  0  4  40
20 Abi Ramsey              0-2    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   1   0   0  1  0  0  10
32 Ashley Earley           1-5    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   3   2   1  0  0  1  18
TEAM ........................................   1  2  3                         
TOTALS                    24-49   0-8   11-17   7 23 30  18  59  12 25  5  9 200
                                                                                
TOT-FG 1stH: 14-22 63.6%  2ndH: 10-27 37.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 49.0% Deadbl
3pt-FG 1stH:  0-2  00.0%  2ndH:  0-6  00.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 00.0%  Rebs 
FThrow 1stH:  5-7  71.4%  2ndH:  6-10 60.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 64.7%   2   
                                                                                
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HOME TEAM: LSU 17-1 (5-1)                                                       
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
31 SMITH, Aiysha        f  2-7    0-1    4-5    1  4  5   3   8   2  1  1  1  20
33 AUGUSTUS, Seimone    f 10-17   0-0    1-1    2  2  4   2  21   1  1  1  0  35
01 TARDY, Ke-Ke         c  1-5    0-0    1-2    1  3  4   3   3   1  2  0  2  24
02 JOHNSON, Temeka      g  2-5    0-0    7-8    0  3  3   2  11   6  3  0  4  31
04 HODGES, Doneeka      g  4-10   1-6    0-0    0  2  2   3   9   1  4  0  3  31
05 HODGES, Roneeka         3-6    0-2    2-2    2  3  5   0   8   3  0  0  0  22
20 JAMES, Kisha            0-1    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   0   0   3  3  0  1  12
34 JONES, Wendlyn          3-6    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   1   6   1  1  0  3  20
55 WHITE, Crystal          2-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   4   4   0  1  1  0   5
TEAM ........................................   2  1  3                         
TOTALS                    27-59   1-10  15-18   9 22 31  18  70  18 16  3 14 200
                                                                                
TOT-FG 1stH: 14-29 48.3%  2ndH: 13-30 43.3%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 45.8% Deadbl
3pt-FG 1stH:  0-5  00.0%  2ndH:  1-5  20.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 10.0%  Rebs 
FThrow 1stH:  0-0  00.0%  2ndH: 15-18 83.3%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 83.3%   3   
                                                                                
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OFFICIALS:   R - S. Bell; U1 - J. Morningstar; U2 - C. Fountain                 
TECHNICAL FOULS:                                                                
Vanderbilt                    -  none                                           
LSU                           -  none                                           
ATTENDANCE:  5455                                                               
SCORE BY PERIODS:                  1st  2nd  OT1  OT2  OT3  OT4   TOTAL         
Vanderbilt                          33   26                          59         
LSU                                 28   42                          70         
                                                                                
actual attendance - 4,702                                                       

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