No. 18/16 Vanderbilt 86, Ole Miss 72 Vanderbilt Game Notes Memorial Gym, January 3rd, 2010
Pregame Notes - This is the 37th meeting between the Lady Rebels and the Commodores. - Vanderbilt leads the series 22-14, with the home team winning the last six (split 3-3). - Vanderbilt holds a 12-3 edge over Ole Miss in the friendly confines of Memorial Gymnasium. The Lady Rebels have not won in Nashville since 1987.
Postgame Notes - With the win, Vanderbilt moves to 12-2 (1-0) to begin conference play. Ole Miss falls to 9-5 (0-1) to open SEC competition. - Tiffany Clarke co-led Vanderbilt with 18 points, despite having left the game in the 4th minute of the second half and not returning until the 16th minute. - The Commodores had four players in double figures, with Tiffany Clarke and Lauren Lueders each leading the way with 18. Merideth Marsh followed with 16 and Jence Rhoads with 11. - Lauren Lueders has surpassed a career-high of some kind in three of her last four games. The senior guard now has 103 3-pointers for her career and 28 on the season. - Jence Rhoads had the second double-double of her career, with 10 assists and 11 points. The last time a player dished out 10 assists was Rhoads herself against Austin Peay on November 27th, 2009 (11). - The Commodores were 75% (9-12) from the 3-point arch. The last time Vanderbilt shot at that high of a clip was against N.C. State on November 28th, 2009 (63.6%, 7-11).
First Half Notes - Vanderbilt 47, Ole Miss 33 - The Commodores and the Lady Rebels traded buckets for the first three minutes of the first half until Vanderbilt began a 10-0 run highlighted by layups from Hannah Tuomi and Tiffany Clarke. - By the second media timeout, Vanderbilt was 9-for-10 from the field. - At the 13:43 mark of the first half, Jence Rhoads swiped the ball from Ole Miss and ran down the court for a fast break layup. - The first 3-pointer of the game for Vanderbilt came at the 12:07 mark with a nothing-but-net shot by Jence Rhoads off an assist by Jessica Mooney and a steal by Merideth Marsh. - Lauren Lueders hit her first 3-pointer of the game at the 10:40 mark. This is her 25th of the season and 100th of her career. - Merideth Marsh bookended Lueders’ 3-pointer with one herself, at the 9:31 mark of the first half. That is the 202nd of her career and 34th of the season. - Tiffany Clarke eclipsed her first half total from her career-high performance against ETSU on Dec. 30th, 2009 (12) at the 5:44 mark of the first half. She ended the first half with 15 points, leading all scorers. - All Vanderbilt players on the floor in the first half scored at least two points. - Jence Rhoads had nine points for the Dores along with seven assists in the first half. - By the end of the first stanza, Merideth Marsh had already moved up the 1,000 point club list, cementing her place at 29th with 1,007. - Vanderbilt shot 70% from the field. The last time they shot 70% for a half was against Kentucky on February 8th, 2009. The Dores were also 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Second Half Notes - Vanderbilt allowed Ole Miss back within 10, but Lauren Lueders shifted the momentum with a much needed 3-pointer at the 16:26 mark of the second half. - Merideth Marsh bookended Lueders’ 3-pointer once again with one of her own at the 15:31 mark of the second half. This is her 50th game of her career with double-digit points. - The Commodores let the Lady Rebels within nine, but once again, Lauren Lueders bailed the Dores out with a 3-pointer at the 13:44 mark of the second half. - Hannah Tuomi dished a perfect ball inside to Merideth Marsh for a layup at the 12:41 mark. This is Tuomi’s second game in a row with four assists, tying her career high. - Once again, Lauren Lueders pushed the Commodores’ lead with a 3-pointer at the 6:35 mark of the second half. With this basket, she ties her career high in points (16) and 3-pointers made in a contest (4). - At the 2:10 mark of the second half, Lauren Lueders hit her career-high in points with 18, with a layup off an assist from Jence Rhoads. With that assist, Jence reached her second double-double of the season. - Merideth Marsh hit her third 3-pointer of the game at the 1:26 mark of the second half. With this basket, she moved to 28th on Vanderbilt’s all-time points list with 1,018. - The Commodores’ first half lead proved crucial in the second half, as Ole Miss stayed with Vanderbilt basket-for-basket in the second half with each team scoring 39.