Vanderbilt 66, Georgia 44 January 14th, 2010 Memorial Gym
Pregame Notes - The Commodores and Lady Bulldogs are meeting for the 53rd time overall. - Georgia leads the all-time series, 30-22. Georgia won 19 or the first 22 meetings between the two schools. - Vanderbilt holds a 19-11 advantage in the series as of 1993 and has won five of the last six against Georgia.
Postgame Notes - With the win, Vanderbilt moves to 13-4, 2-2 in SEC play. Georgia loses its first contest of the season, falling to 16-1, 3-1 in SEC play. - Vanderbilt has now won six of the last seven meetings with Georgia, including the last three in Nashville. - Vanderbilt tied a season-high with five players in double figures: Clarke (14), Marsh (12) Smith (12), Brown (11) and Mooney (10) - Vanderbilt is now 2-3 when on television and 1-1 against ranked teams. - Tiffany Clarke led all scorers with 14 points despite getting into foul trouble. Merideth Marsh and Gabby Smith each followed with 12. - Gabby Smith 12 points marked a career high. - Elan Brown scored a career-high 11 points. Brown’s five field goals made also marks a career best. Fabulous Freshmen: Vanderbilt’s freshmen contributed over half (37) of Vanderbilt’s 66 points - Vanderbilt outrebounded Georgia 39-24, the ‘Dores’ highest rebounding output of the season. - It marked the first time VU has outrebounded an SEC opponent this season. - Tiffany Clarke and Jessica Mooney grabbed eight boards apiece. - Merideth Marsh led Vanderbilt with five assists. - VU’s win over No. 6 Georgia marks VU’s first win over a top-10 opponent since they defeated No. 3 Auburn in last season’s SEC Tournament Final. VU handed Auburn two of its four losses last season.
First Half – Vanderbilt 31, Georgia 27 - At the 18:41 mark in the first half, Tiffany Clarke put the Commodores on the board first with a driving layup off a dish from Hannah Tuomi. - The Commodores’ smallest lead of the half came at the 18:25 mark, when Georgia’s sharpshooting freshman Jasmine James, the SEC Freshman of the Week, hit a 3-pointer, cutting Vanderbilt’s lead to one. - Jessica Mooney started the game off right with a fastbreak layup at the 18:15 mark of the first half. This is her 10th start of the season. - Vanderbilt’s first 3-pointer of the game came at the 16:36 mark of the first half with a nothing-but-net shot by Merideth Marsh to put the ‘Dores up by four. With that basket, she moves to 25th on the career scoring list at VU, surpassing her former teammate Liz Sherwood. - Vanderbilt stopped a huge momentum push by Georgia at the 12:00 mark of the first half with a big block by Tiffany Clarke. - Within her first minute on the court, Gabby Smith hit a 3-pointer for the Commodores, tying VU’s biggest lead of six. No more than four minutes later, she hit her second 3-pointer of the game to put the Commodores up by eight at the 8:37 mark of the first half. - After the conclusion of the third media timeout, Jessica Mooney took charge, stealing the ball and making a fastbreak layup at the 7:37 mark of the first half. - Merideth Marsh pushed the Commodores back up to a six-point lead at the 3:57 mark of the first half with a much needed 3-pointer. She followed that with another 3-pointer at the 2:57 mark of the first half. She now has XX 3-pointers for her career and XX for the season. - Vanderbilt took a lead of four into halftime. VU is 11-2 when leading at halftime this season. - Merideth Marsh leads the Commodores with nine points, all 3-pointers. Jessica Mooney contributed six points, four rebounds, and two assists at the half. Freshmen Gabby Smith and Tiffany Clarke also contributed six points.
Second Half - Vanderbilt started the half strong with a steal by Gabby Smith and a strong layup by Tiffany Clarke at the 19:37 mark of the second half. - Gabby Smith followed her steal with a jumper at the 19:14 mark and bookended it with a driving layup at the 18:23 mark. She - With a pair of free throws at the 17:09 mark, Tiffany Clarke joined fellow freshman Gabby Smith to be the first players in double figures in the contest. - At the 16:34 mark of the second half, Lauren Lueders hit her first 3-pointer of the contest. - Jessica Mooney hit a jumper at the 13:13 mark of the second half, ending a nearly four minute scoring drought for the ‘Dores. - Merideth Marsh’s free throw at the 10:05 mark of the second half pushed her into double digit scoring for the 12th time this season. - Elan Brown contributed to Vanderbilt’s building dominance on the perimeter with a 3-pointer at the 9:05 mark of the second half and then grabbed a steal at the 7:43 mark. Brown bookended her efforts with a jumper at the 7:30 mark of the second half. With her jumper, she surpassed her career high of eight points. - Tiffany Clarke extended Vanderbilt’s lead to 18 with a quick layup at the 6:25 mark of the second half. - At the 5:58 mark of the second half, Gabby Smith hit a new career high with 12 points, contributing a layup to Vanderbilt’s largest lead of the contest thus far at 20. - With a jumper at the 5:04 mark in the second half, Elan Brown became Vanderbilt’s fourth player in double digits on the night and placed all three freshmen in double digit scoring. She furthered the Commodores’ lead to 22. - With 3:19 left in the second half, Hannah Tuomi hit her first basket of the game, a driving layup that pushed Vanderbilt’s lead back to 22 after two free throws by Georgia’s Jasmine James. With her basket, all players who contributed minutes also contributed at least two points. - At the 1:38 mark of the second half, Jessica Mooney became the fifth player of the game to hit double digits with a driving layup, extending Vanderbilt’s lead to 24.