Bench playing well for Balcomb

Dec. 3, 2008

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Commodores have won every home game this season by at least 29 points. Solid play from VU Coach Melanie Balcomb's deep bench may provide some insight into the facilitation of these lopsided victories.

Balcomb has played eight different players on a 14 woman roster in every game thus far, with 11 or more individuals seeing action in six of eight contests. Vanderbilt (7-1) has also witnessed 10 or more players score in five games.

The `Dores handed another visiting team a staggering loss last night, and Chanel Chisholm came off the bench to net a career-high 13 points in 12 minutes. The sophomore from Long Island, N.Y., sank 5-of-6 field goals - a career-high in field goals made, but not in attempts - with three free-throw makes in as many tries.

"She's playing very confident, and is building on that confidence every night," Balcomb noted after the Radford game. "She works hard every day in practice and leads by example.

"I really like her body language and how she's carrying herself right now. Good things are happening for her and for the team when she's in."

Chisholm, who's played in every contest this season, has surpassed or tied her 2007-08 season high of six points six times so far - TAMUCC (9), Western Kentucky (6), Eastern Kentucky (7), ETSU (12), Davidson (8) and against Radford.

The 5-11 sophomore averages 7.8 points on 69 percent field-goal shooting, with 3.6 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game.

"I think she is certainly picking up where Liz Sherwood* left off," noted Balcomb after the Eastern Kentucky tilt. "She is coming off the bench and giving the team a spark. She is making the most of the minutes she has."

Chisholm and the rest of Balcomb's supporting cast will challenge Cal State Fullerton tomorrow at 9 p.m. CT in Fullerton, Calif.

Other notes:

Freshman Jordan Coleman totaled career highs with four points, four rebounds and 10 minutes of action against Radford.

Classmate Tia Gibbs tied her career-high with eight points, and set a new career mark with three steals against Radford.

Christina Wirth moved closer to passing Jillian Danker for the No. 20 all-time scorer at VU with her seven-point effort against Radford. Wirth sits at 1,130, four points behind Danker.

* Sherwood, a two-time SEC Sixth Woman of the Year, graduated in 2008.



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