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NEW ORLEANS – Freshman Autumn Newby recorded her first collegiate double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and the first of the season for the Commodores but it wasn’t enough as the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team dropped a road contest at Tulane on Friday. Christa Reed led the offense with 12 points while Kaleigh Clemons-Green added 11 points.
Date: Nov. 17, 2017
Time: 12 PM CT
Place: New Orleans, La. (Devlin Fieldhouse)
Records: Vanderbilt (0-3), Tulane (2-2)
How It Happened
First Quarter: Tulane 17, Vanderbilt 15
Vanderbilt (0-3) opened the game with a much better start than in their last two games and with five early points from Kaleigh Clemons-Green took a 7-6 lead early, but the home team used six unanswered to take a 10-7 lead at the first media timeout. Out of the timeout, Clemons-Green went to work and with a steal at mid-court went to the rack for two points to give her seven points. The Commodores found themselves down, 17-9 forcing White to call a timeout. The timeout was the right call as the Dores closed the quarter on a 6-0 run, cutting the Tulane (2-2) lead to just two points at the end of the quarter.
Second Quarter: Tulane 34, Vanderbilt 29
Vanderbilt kept the momentum of the quarter break, forcing a three-second call and with a bucket inside from Cierra Walker tied the game at 17 but Tulane answered and with a 6-1 spurt took a 23-18 lead at the 6:02 mark. A bucket from Autumn Newby stopped a nearly four minute scoreless stretch for the Commodores but the Green Wave held a 26-20 lead at the media timeout. Tulane took a 10-point lead, 34-24, with under a minute in the half but a three-point play from Bree Horrocks and a bucket from Chelsie Hall as time expired cut the lead down to two possessions, 34-29 at the break.
One of the more noticeable differences through the first half was on the glass. At the second quarter media timeout, Tulane held a 23-9 advantage with 18 offensive rebounds. The Commodores shot 50 percent in the second frame while holding the home team to just 41.4 percent. The Commodores also held a 7-0 advantage in fast break points.
Third Quarter: Tulane 49, Vanderbilt 44
Tulane came out of the halftime break and made adjustments and despite the Commodores getting the lead down to five points with less than a minute off the clock, the Green Wave took a double digit lead at the 7:16 mark. A trey from Rachel Bell – her first points of the game – coupled with a defensive stop on the other end cut the Tulane lead to 41-36 at the media timeout. Seniors Bell and Myka Dancy scored nine of Vanderbilt’s 16 points in the frame and got the Commodores within five points as time winded down.
Fourth Quarter: Tulane 71, Vanderbilt 59
The fourth quarter was a chess match as both teams matched each other bucket for bucket for the majority of the fourth quarter but Tulane started to pull away late in the quarter taking a 10-point lead, 63-53, with 2:08 left. Christa Reed, playing in front of friends and family, quietly had eight points in the second half and was joined in double figures by Kaleigh Clemons-Green who had a season –best 11 points. The visiting Commodores couldn’t get it any closer and the Green Wave sealed the win from the free throw line going 6-of-6 in the final 30 seconds for the win.
Inside the Lane
-Today’s game was the second consecutive season the Commodores and Green Wave have met. The teams first met last season in Nashville. This is Vanderbilt’s first-ever trip to Tulane in program history.
-Christa Reed hails from nearby Bay, St. Louis, Miss., and athletic trainer Kim Mosley is from nearby Biloxi, Miss., and actually spent time working at Tulane.
-The Commodores used the same starting lineup that they used against Central Michigan for the first time using the same lineup in back-to-back games.
-Kaleigh Clemons Green reached double figures for the first time this season with 11 points and Autumn Newby reached double figures with 11 points for the first time in her career and recorded the first double-double of the season for the Commodores with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
-Myka Dancy posted career highs in minutes (16), rebounds (2) and assists (2).
Stat of the Game
The Commodores held a 9-0 advantage in transition with nine fast break points and also held a 19-11 advantage in bench points.
The Commodores will come home for its annual Education Day on Monday Nov. 20 when they host Ball State at 12 pm at Memorial Gym.
Next Five Games
Nov. 20 – vs. Ball State, 12 PM
Nov. 23 – at George Washington, 12:30 PM^
Nov. 24 – vs. Syracuse, 2:30 PM^
Nov. 25– vs. Wisconsin, 12:00 PM^
Nov. 29 – at St. Louis, 7 pm
^- Paradise Jam (Washington, D.C.)
All game times CENTRAL
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