Vandy passes road test in 90-64 win over SIU

The Vanderbilt Commodores are 2-0 after stopping a physical Southern Illinois squad 90-64 in the first road test of the season. Forward Hannah Tuomi stepped up to lead four ‘Dores in double figures with 20 points in 21 minutes and 9 rebounds. The junior hit 8 of 10 from the field and 4 of 7 from the free throw line to burn through her time on the court.

Vanderbilt now leads the series 9-1 in the first action in 11 years with the university. SIU (0-2)committed 28 turnovers to Vandy's 16 and was held to 21.1% shooting in the second half.

With lingering issues as she continues toward a full recovery from a season-ending injury, Hannah found her footing despite being bumped and bounced around in the paint. More than 60 fouls were called in the game.

"It's really good to get her and Jence (Rhoads), the two kids who have been the steady eddies who are so consistent doing what they need to do early on the road for us," said Head Coach Melanie Balcomb following the game.

Jence scored 18 points on 8 for 11 shooting from the field with 9 assists. Publicly pressured to shoot more given the accuracy she does in practice, the 5-11 point guard made good on the promise of her potential.

Freshman Tiffany Clarke continues to impress in another double digit effort with 11 points and Merideth Marsh had 10 in an overall 51% shooting effort from the field.

All Commodores making the trip played; senior Rebecca Silinski missed the game to attend her grandfather's funeral.

Despite the 26 point margin of victory on the road, Coach Balcomb sees much room for improvement.

"It was ugly. We didn't come out strong," Balcomb said. "We've got to learn from this. We have to make changes and make adjustments in games. We'll need to make changes from games and we'll see that on Friday."

At 7 p.m. this Friday, the ‘Dores have a chance at home to turn the tables against a UC Riverside team that turned last season upside down in a 50-47 upset of then No. 16 Vandy in California.

Not exactly terming the game a revenge match, the coach said payback is necessary. "We need to get it back. If you make a mistake, you learn from it, and you get it back. That's all I'm saying."

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