Vanderbilt 60, Tennessee 69 February 8, 2010, Memorial Gymnasium Attendance: 6,005
Pregame Notes - The Commodores and Lady Vols are meeting for the 61st time overall--Vanderbilt's most contested rivalry - Tennessee holds a 53-7 advantage in the series. Five of Vanderbilt's victories have come inside Memorial Gymnasium, including a 74-58 victory in 2009. - The series dates back to Nov. 21, 1979, a 77-53 win for the Lady Vols. - The teams have played a home-and-home series every year since 1994, also meeting in the postseason eight times during that stretch.
Postgame Notes - With the loss, the Commodores fall to 17-7 overall, 6-5 in SEC play. The No. 5 Lady Vols improve to 21-2, 9-1 in SEC play. - Senior Merideth Marsh, who had 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists, led the Commodores. She now has 1,173 points for her career. - Jence Rhoads followed with 15 points, and Lauren Lueders contributed 12, all 3-pointers, for Vanderbilt. - Vanderbilt is now 10-4 in night games and 3-5 on televised contests. - Their record against ranked teams on the season is now 1-3. - The Commodores are 3-5 when tied at halftime and 1-7 when trailing with five minutes remaining. - VU was held to 35.8% shooting to UT's 44.6%. The `Dores were also outrebounded 38-26, falling to 9-6 on the season when being outrebounded by their opponent.
First Half - Vanderbilt 28, Tennessee 28 - Vanderbilt and Tennessee traded baskets for the first three minutes of the contest with Tennessee gaining as much as a four-point lead in that period. - Merideth Marsh brought Vanderbilt back within one with a 3-pointer at the 16:39 mark of the first half. - The Lady Vols went up to an early five-point lead, but Lauren Lueders brought the Commodores within two with a much needed 3-pointer at the 14:42 mark of the first half. Vanderbilt went scoreless for nearly two minutes. - Vanderbilt tied the game with a highly contested Hannah Tuomi layup at the 13:05 mark of the first half. - Jence Rhoads tied the game once again for the `Dores with a jumper at the 11:XX mark of the first half. - Vanderbilt took its first lead of the game at the 9:27 mark of the first half with a reverse layup by Elan Brown. - With Jence Rhoads' jumper at the 8:10 mark of the first half, Vanderbilt gained a lead of four, jumping ahead 20-16. - Merideth Marsh hit a clutch 3-pointer at the 6:XX mark of the first half to bring Vanderbilt ahead by five. - With a reverse layup at the 4:09 mark of the first half, Merideth Marsh gave the Commodores an eight-point lead, getting fouled in the process and completing the 3-point play. - In 6:14, Vanderbilt went on a 12-2 run. Tennessee answered, ending the half on an 8-0 run, tying the game at 28 points apiece heading into halftime. - Merideth Marsh led Vanderbilt with nine points and five rebounds. Jence Rhoads contributed six points. - Both teams were held to under 40% shooting (37.9% for VU; 36.7% for UT). - The Commodores shot 50% from the perimeter, besting UT's 0-for-3. VU is 10-1 on the season when making more 3-pointers than its opponent.
Second Half - Lauren Lueders started the half off strong for the Commodores, hitting a 3-pointer 16 seconds into the second half. - After Tennessee responded with a layup at the 19:20 mark, both teams were held scoreless for 3:47 until a Merideth Marsh layup at the 15:33 mark of the second half pushed the Commodores up by three. - Clutch free throw shooting by Merideth Marsh put the Commodores up by four at the 13:40 mark of the second half. - Lauren Lueders nailed a 3-pointer at the 11:40 mark of the second half to answer Tennessee's jumper and put the `Dores back up by four. - With a spinning layup at the 9:57 mark of the second half, Merideth Marsh once again worked to extend the Commodores' lead. - With a Jence Rhoads jumper at the 9:20 mark of the second half, Vanderbilt extended its lead to five, the largest since halftime. - With perfect shooting from the charity stripe, Tiffany Clarke came through for the `Dores, extending their lead to seven. - Lauren Lueders hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game to put Vanderbilt up by six at the 7:12 mark of the second half. - Tennessee proceeded to go on a 14-8 scoring run to take the lead with a layup by Alicia Manning with five minutes to go. The `Dores are 1-6 on the season when trailing with five minutes remaining. - The Commodores pulled within one of the Lady Vols' lead with a driving layup by Jence Rhoads at the 3:38 mark of the second half. She then proceeded to make both of her free throws at the 2:54 mark to bring the Commodores back within one after a Glory Johnson jumper. This is the closest the Commodores would get to the Lady Vols.