No. 14 'Dores Advance in Thanksgiving Tourney

Nov. 24, 2006

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#14 Vanderbilt will face #16 California in the Thanksgiving Tournament Championship Saturday at 2 p.m. CT. Admission is FREE!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The 14th-ranked Commodore women's basketball team defeated Florida Atlantic, 81-49, to advance to the championship game of the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament Friday at Memorial Gymnasium.

Vanderbilt will face California, a 69-52 winner over Belmont, on Saturday in the tournament championship -- scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Florida Atlantic-Belmont game, which begins at Noon CT.

Senior guard Caroline Williams led all scorers with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting from three-point range. Senior point guard Dee Davis dished out a season-high 10 assists and came away with five steals, as the Commodores forced the Owls into 25 turnovers.

Sophomore Christina Wirth (12 points) and freshman Lauren Lueders (11) also tallied double-figures for the Commodores.

Mistoria Brown led Florida Atlantic with 11 points and seven rebounds.

After a slow start in the first half, Vanderbilt connected on 59% of its second-half field goals. Florida Atlantic was held to 26% shooting in the period, and connected on only 32% of its field goal attempts for the game.

Admission is free to both of Saturday's games beginning at Noon CT at Memorial Gym.



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