Feb. 28, 2010
South Carolina 73, #22/NR Vanderbilt 70
February 28, 2010 - Memorial Gymnasium
* The Commodores and Gamecocks are meeting for the 26th time overall.
* Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 20-5. The Commodores have won eight straight meetings against the Gamecocks since a 2003 loss in Nashville.
* The loss at home in Coach Balcomb’s first season was USC’s only victory in Nashville during the series, which began in the 1991 NCAA Tournament.
* Vanderbilt is 11-1 against South Carolina inside Memorial Gymnasium, including four straight wins since 2005.
* Following the Commodores’ Feb. 8 loss to Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina were tied for fifth place in the SEC with Mississippi State at 6-5. Since then, the Gamecocks have lost four straight while the Commodores have won three of four.
* With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 20-9, 9-7 in SEC play. South Carolina moves to 14-14, 7-9 in SEC play. The Commodores are now 12-4, 5-3 in SEC play at home.
* VU is 9-4 in day games and 7-8 on television. The ‘Dores move to 18-5 against unranked teams and 11-3 after scoring the first point. The Commodores are 1-9 when trailing with five minutes remaining.
* Vanderbilt outshot South Carolina 47.2% to 43.1%.
* USC outrebounded VU, 37-31. Vanderbilt is now 9-8 when being outrebounded by their opponent.
* Vanderbilt had 12 turnovers to South Carolina’s nine. VU is now 5-7 when having more turnovers than their opponent.
* Merideth Marsh led the Commodores in scoring with 27 points on Senior Day, one shy of her career high. Hannah Tuomi and Tiffany Clarke came up big with 12 and 10 points, respectively, and five boards apiece.
* Jence Rhoads contributed nine points and nine assists.
First Half – Vanderbilt 32, South Carolina 29
* With her 3-pointer at the 19:11 mark in the first half, Merideth Marsh put the first points on board for the ‘Dores. Vanderbilt is 11-2 on the season when scoring first.
* Hannah Tuomi’s layup at the 18:32 mark gave the Commodores a 5-4 lead.
* Elan Brown scored her first points of the game with a jumper at the 16:57 of the first half.
* At the 14:53 mark of the first half, Merideth Marsh hit her second 3-pointer of the game, giving Vanderbilt a two-point lead at the first media timeout.
* Jence Rhoads hit her first basket of the game with a highly contested jumper at the 13:29 mark of the first half, drawing a foul. She made her free throw.
* Vanderbilt and South Carolina traded baskets throughout the first 10 minutes of the game, trading the lead twice, until Lauren Lueders gave Vanderbilt the lead with a 3-pointer at the 11:22 mark of the first half.
* Tiffany Clarke scored her first points of the game with an easy layup at the 10:41 mark of the first half, giving Vanderbilt a three-point lead. She bookended that with another layup at the 8:46 mark of the first half.
* South Carolina took the lead back with 6:21 remaining with a 3-pointer by Valerie Nainima.
* Tiffany Clarke tied things up for the Commodores with two made free throws at the 6:03 mark in the first half.
* Jessica Mooney gave Vanderbilt the lead with a desperation layup at the 5:24 mark of the first half. She bookended that with a steal and breakaway layup at the 5:01 mark, forcing South Carolina to use a timeout after giving Vanderbilt a four-point lead.
* With Merideth Marsh’s two made free throws at the 4:19 mark of the first half, Vanderbilt took its largest lead of the half with six.
* Jence Rhoads sunk a much-needed layup with 2:55 remaining to give Vanderbilt a four-point lead.
* Hannah Tuomi’s two made free throws at the 2:31 mark of the first half tied Vanderbilt’s largest lead of the half with six, 32-26.
* Jessica Mooney sped down the floor at the 1:30 mark to slow down South Carolina’s offense with an impressive block.
* Vanderbilt led the Gamecocks 32-29 at halftime. They are 16-2 on the season when leading at halftime.
* At halftime, VU was 11-of-24 from the field (45.8%); while USC was 12-of-35 from the field (34.3%).
* Vanderbilt was outrebounded 19-17. The Commodores are 9-7 on the season when being outrebounded by their opponent.
* The Commodores made more 3-pointers (VU: 3=37%; USC: 2=25%); VU is 11-2 on the season when making more 3-pointers than their opponents.
* Merideth Marsh led the Commodores with eight points. Tiffany Clarke followed with six points.
* South Carolina scored three straight points in the first minute of the half to tie things up at 32.
* Merideth Marsh put the ‘Dores back up with a 3-pointer at the 18:35 mark of the second half. She bookended her 3-pointer with a driving layup at the 16:43 mark of the second half, giving Vanderbilt a six-point lead.
* Marsh then proceeded to hit another 3-pointer at the 15:27 mark of the second half to give Vanderbilt a nine-point lead. The senior had a wide-open look thanks to a sweet dish by fellow senior Jessica Mooney.
* Tiffany Clarke continued the Vanderbilt run with a quick layup at the 14:48 mark of the second half.
* Off a great pass from Jence Rhoads, Hannah Tuomi sunk a driving layup at the 14:02 mark in the second half.
* South Carolina went on a 4-0 run to bring the game to 45-42 with 12:00 to go.
* Tiffany Clarke made her 10th point of the game with 11:51 remaining. This is the 9th time this season Clarke has scored in double figures.
* Marsh continued her offensive showmanship with a highly contested layup at the 11:08 mark of the second half, giving her 18 points and putting the ‘Dores back up by five.
* With two made free throws at the 10:37 mark of the second half, Merideth Marsh passed Carolyn Peck (1,240) to enter the top 20 on Vanderbilt’s all-time scoring list. This is the 6th time this season Marsh has scored 20+ points.
* South Carolina regained the lead with a 3-pointer by Ieasia Walker at the 9:01 mark of the second half.
* Vanderbilt began to cut down the Gamecocks’ lead with driving layups by Jence Rhoads and Rebecca Silinski at the 8:00 and 7:23 marks, respectively.
* South Carolina went on a 13-4 run in 4:02, leading the Commodores 62-55 with 5:42 remaining in the half.
* Merideth Marsh hit a clutch 3-pointer at the 5:02 mark to bring the Commodores within three of the Gamecocks’ lead. USC answered with a 3-pointer of their own to extend the lead back to six.
* Hannah Tuomi drove in the paint for a much-needed layup with four minutes remaining to bring the Commodores within four.
* Merideth Marsh hit another clutch 3-pointer at the 2:31 mark to bring the Commodores within two. With that shot, Marsh became 19th on the Vanderbilt all-time scoring list, surpassing Misty Lamb (1,247).
* Hannah Tuomi, with a highly contested layup at the 1:29 mark of the second half, tied the game at 67 and drew the foul. She gave the Commodores back the lead with a made free throw. This is her second game in a row and 16th of the season with double-digit scoring.
* The Gamecocks took back the lead with 1:07 remaining with two made free throws.
* Jence Rhoads made a driving layup with 12 seconds remaining to bring Vanderbilt within one. South Carolina was fouled immediately afterwards and made both free throws to seal the game.