Jan. 26, 2014
No. 10/11 South Carolina 61, No. 16/19 Vanderbilt 57
Jan. 26, 2014
- The teams met for the 32nd time in a series that dates back to the 1990-91 season. With the victory, South Carolina extended its advantage to 23-9 in the series. The Gamecocks have won the last five meetings and six of seven, including a season sweep this year. They've also won three in a row at Memorial Gymnasium, with their last loss in 2008.
- The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Vanderbilt and was its second loss in 15 games.
- The Commodores dropped to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in the SEC. South Carolina improved to 18-2 and 6-1 in league play.
- With the loss, Vanderbilt dropped to 3-3 against ranked opponents this season. The Commodores knocked off then-No. 14/No. 14 LSU and then-No. 8/8 Tennessee in consecutive weeks. They also upset Georgia earlier int he month. Vanderbilt has now loss to a ranked South Carolina twice this season, along with a setback at No. 2 Duke.
- It was VU's first loss at home against a ranked opponent since falling to No. 10 Kentucky on Feb. 10, 2013. The Commodores had won four straight against ranked opponents at Memorial Gymnasium.
- For the ninth straight game, the Commodores used the starting lineup of Heather Bowe, Kady Schrann, Christina Foggie, Jasmine Lister and Morgan Batey. Bowe, Foggie and Lister have started all 20 games. Schrann and Batey have started nine games.
- Attendance was 3,554.
- Both teams promoted "We Back Pat" week to help raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and is named in honor of legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. Vanderbilt and South Carolina both wore warmup T-shirts with the words "We Back Pat." The Commodores coaching staff also wore purple to support the cause.
- It was the first time all season Vanderbilt scored less than 60 points. The Commodores' previous season low was 66, also in a loss to South Carolina on Jan. 5.
- Once again the Commodores struggled to make shots against South Carolina. Vanderbilt shot a season-low 37.3 percent from the field. In the previous meeting three weeks ago, VU made only 37.7 percent of its attempts.
- South Carolina blocked eight shots against Vanderbilt for the second time this season. The Gamecocks entered averaging 6.7 blocked shots a game, which ranks third in the country and leads the SEC.
- The game was tied eight times and the lead changed twice.
- Vanderbilt led just once. Christina Foggie's 3-pointer with 15:47 left in the second half gave the Commodores a 38-37 lead after managing to tie the game three times already in the half. The lead only lasted 23 seconds though. Elem Ibiam answered with a jumper to put the Gamecocks back up by one. South Carolina didn't trail the rest of the game.
- South Carolina grabbed its largest lead of the game, 23-15, with 6:56 left in the first half. But the Commodores hung tight and tied the game thanks to a 10-2 run. Foggie scored six points during the spurt and capped off the stretch with a layup with 2:37 before halftime. But the Gamecocks responded with six straight points, including four free throws, and took a 31-27 lead into the break.
- The first and only 3-pointer of the game came with 15:47 left when Christina Foggie drained a trey from the left wing. That also gave the Commodores their first lead of the game, 38-37.
- The teams combined to shoot 1-of-7 from beyond the arc, with two misses by South Carolina. The one made 3-pointer and five attempts were both season-lows for the Commodores. Their previous lows were against Hartford on Dec. 15 when they were 2-of-6 from 3-point range.
- South Carolina set a season high with 24 turnovers. The previous-high was 21 against Arkansas on Jan. 2. Vanderbilt committed just 10 turnovers, matching a season low against UNC Asheville on Dec. 21.
- The Commodores trailed 51-45 with 8:13 left. But sophomores Jasmine Jenkins and Rayte'a Long each scored four points to spark an 8-2 run and tied the game at 53-53 with 3:17 remaining. Freshman Marqu'es Webb tied it again at 55-55 with two free throws with 1:20 to go. But Tiffany Mitchell sealed the South Carolina win with four straight points, including a steal and basket with 32 seconds left.
- Christina Foggie led all scorers with 23 points. The senior scored 12 before halftime and finished shooting 9-of-14 from the field. She also made the game's lone 3-pointer. She struggled at the free-throw line, though. A 75.7 percent free-throw shooter this season, she was just 4-of-9 for her most misses of the season.
- Foggie accounted for 23 of the starting five's 37 points. Aside from Foggie, no starter scored more than four points. Senior Jasmine Lister, who averages 16.3 points, posted a season-low four points. That is the fewest she has scored since eight against Dayton on Nov. 24.
- Sophomore Jasmine Jenkins scored eight points and tied a career high with seven rebounds off the bench. - Freshman Marqu'es Webb was the team's third-leading scorer with six points. She was 4-of-6 at the free-throw line and grabbed three rebounds. - South Carolina had three players score in double figures - Tiffany Mitchell (14), Elem Ibiam (10), and Aleighsa Welch (10).