PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Junior Hannah Tuomi scored 15 points and pulled 11 rebounds to lead the 16th-ranked Vanderbilt women's basketball team past Saint Joseph's, 59-46, Tuesday at Hagan Arena.
Vanderbilt (4-0) led the entire way, though the Hawks got within two points twice in the second half. Senior Lauren Lueders would answer for the Commodores both times, hitting a three and making a pair of free throws. Lueders played 22 minutes off the bench, scoring six points.
Junior point guard Jence Rhoads scored 11 points despite getting into foul trouble early in both halves. She would play only 19 minutes. Senior Merideth Marsh added nine points and seven rebounds.
Saint Joseph's outrebounded the Commodores 44-40 despite Tuomi's 11 and 10 boards from sophomore Jordan Coleman. Coleman also had a team-high three steals.
Saint Joseph's (1-3) was led by 12 points and 10 rebounds from Ashley Logue, but Vanderbilt held the Hawks to 19 percent shooting from the field.
This was only the second meeting between the two schools, with Vanderbilt evening the tally at 1-1. Last year, Saint Joseph's visited Memorial Gymnasium for the 2008 Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament, but did not play the Commodores. The Hawks went 1-1 against Davidson and Virginia Tech.
The Commodores will return home and play host to this year's Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament at Memorial Gymnasium, Nov. 27-28. Vanderbilt will face Austin Peay on Friday at 2 p.m. CT, with a North Carolina State-Northwestern State matchup to follow. On Saturday, the consolation schedule is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start to be followed by the championship. Tickets for the Vanderbilt Thanksgiving Tournament are free.
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