Will Matthews' Post-Game Column
A Senior Night in More than Name Only
Feb. 23, 2007
By Will Matthews
NASHVILLE - When Vanderbilt senior forward Carla Thomas rolled her ankle toward the end of the Commodores' practice Wednesday night, she wasn't sure she would be well enough to take the floor Thursday on Senior Night against No. 7 LSU.
"And when I woke up this morning the swelling had gone down. Somehow it had gone down and it was exciting to see."
As has been the case for Vanderbilt all year long, it was a total team effort Thursday with sophomore forward Christina Wirth hitting four huge three-pointers that ignited the seniors in the second half and grabbing five rebounds. And Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb credited a renewed defensive intensity after the break for enabling her team to be in position to hold off LSU in a game that was deadlocked at 33 at halftime.
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