NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Merideth Marsh and Jence Rhoads each scored 14 points to lead No. 24 Vanderbilt past Alabama, 70-61 at Memorial Gym on Thursday. With the win, Vanderbilt improves to 15-6 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. The loss drops Alabama to 9-12 overall and 1-7 in league play.
On a night where both teams struggled to shoot from the outside, free throws and rebounding proved to be the difference as the Commodores hit 83 percent of their free throws and outrebounded the Tide 44-34 to grind out the win in Memorial Gym.
Vanderbilt was just 2-of-14 from beyond the arc, but made up for it by knocking down 24-of-29 free throws, including a career-high 12-for-12 effort at the line from Marsh.
VU finished with four players in double figures led by Rhoads and Marsh with 14 each. Hannah Tuomi and Jessica Mooney finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
With Vanderbilt holding a comfortable 18-point lead with 4:53 remaining in the game, Alabama went on a 19-6 run to get within five point (64-59) but Vanderbilt closed out the win by knocking down free throws and controlling the basketball.