WBB: 'Dores Shut Down Arkansas, 61-34

Jan. 28, 2007


With a layup at the 14:55 mark of the second half, senior Carla Thomas tied former Commodore All-American Heidi Gillingham for eighth all-time in scoring at Vanderbilt (1,593). Thomas moved ahead of Gillingham with a jumper in the paint with 5:15 remaining in the game. She finished with 18 points in the game and 1,595 for her career. She stands 36 points away from Barbara Brackman (1,631 points, 1982-85) and seventh place. Thomas also contributed 10 rebounds to post the 12th double-double of her career. Of those 12 performances, four have come against Arkansas.

Vanderbilt held Arkansas scoreless for the first 9:11 of the ballgame, opening up with a 16-0 lead. Arkansas missed its first 13 shots and turned the ball over three times in the first 10 minutes. Thomas netted eight of VU's first 10 points. Vanderbilt's largest lead of the half came with 7:14 remaining on a three-pointer by Christina Wirth that gave the Commodores a 24-2 advantage.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Carla Thomas scored 18 points to lead No. 15 Vanderbilt to a 61-34 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

The Commodores (18-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) allowed just 10 field goals in the game, a record low for the Lady Razorbacks in Southeastern Conference play. The previous low was 12, in a 2003 game against Auburn.

Arkansas (17-5, 3-4) also set a record low in conference play shooting 21.7 percent from the floor, and tied their mark for fewest points in a half with 14.

Laura Ervin and Donica Cosby scored 10 points each to lead the Lady Razorbacks. Arkansas hit just 2-of-13 3-pointers and made only 12 of 27 from the free-throw line.

Arkansas did not score its first points until the 10:48 mark in the first half, when the Lady Razorbacks finally made a field goal on their 15th attempt. That made the score 16-2. Arkansas then missed its next six shots from the field.

Vanderbilt led 30-14 at halftime.

The Commodores will next travel to play Kentucky in Lexington this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. CT.

With her first assist of the Arkansas game -- on a Carla Thomas jumper that gave Vanderbilt a 10-0 lead -- senior guard Dee Davis moved into sole possession of the Vanderbilt all-time career record for assists. Davis entered the Arkansas game tied with former Commodore Ashley McElhiney at 673 career assists. With 677 career assists, Davis currently ranks eighth all-time in the Southeastern Conference. She needs 30 assists to pass Kentucky's Sandy Harding for seventh place.



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