Women's Hoops: Ashley McElhiney update

As the Vanderbilt Commodores prepare to travel to Auburn for a Thursday night matchup with the Lady Tigers, senior point guard Ashley McElhiney's sprained left ankle continues to improve.

"Most of the swelling is gone and my range of motion is good," said McElhiney after practice on Tuesday afternoon. "Now I guess it's just taking it from the training room to the court."

Tuesday afternoon's practice was a step in that direction. Wearing an air cast instead of the protective boot that she's been wearing, McElhiney was able to shoot and also to do a few offensive sets.

But rehabilitation is still very much a day-to-day proposition with no fixed timeline for when McElhiney will return to the Vanderbilt lineup. "We'll see how it reacts tonight and tomorrow," she said, "and maybe build up tomorrow."

In the meantime, the Commodores continue to prepare for the Tigers, who are routed Arkansas Sunday afternoon 64-36. Auburn held the Lady Razorbacks to just 15 points in the second half, the third time this year that the Tigers have limited an opponent to 15 points or less in a half with Troy State and Alabama A&M being the other victims.

In that game Auburn's leading scorer, Natasha Brackett (16.3 ppg) scored 23 points, and Louise Emeagi scored 13 in only her second game as a Tiger. Last year's leading scorer and rebounder, Le'Coe Willingham is back, too, averaging 9.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

Gametime is 7 p.m., and the game will be telecast on CSS.

Anderson honored. Vanderbilt women's basketball player Chantelle Anderson received the Amateur Athletics Award at the fifth annual O'Charley's Dinner of Champions Monday night. Vanderbilt men's golfer Brandt Snedeker and the Vanderbilt women's golf team were also nominees for the award.

The Dinner was held at the Opryland Hotel with George Plaster and Darrell Waltrip serving as the hosts. The evening concluded with the Top 10 Sports Moments in Nashville for 2002. The women's basketball SEC Tournament title finished in second place behind the Tennessee Titans streak of 10 wins in the final 11 games. The success of both Vanderbilt women's and men's golf teams was the No. 6 moment.

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