VU WBB: Vandy 68, Georgia 48

Vanderbilt broke a 3-game losing streak with a 68-48 win over the Georgia Lady Bulldogs Thursday night in Memorial Gym. Christina Foggie led the attack with a career-high 34 points, Tiffany Clarke added a double-double with 12 rebounds and 13 points, and Kady Schrann led the team in assists with six.

The first half of the game was close all the way, with neither team leading by double digits at any point during the half.




With Georgia leading 9-8 at the 12:44 mark of the first half, Elan Brown was whistled for a foul on a Georgia inbounds. After the officials reviewed the play, they ruled the foul a "flagrant foul". Anne Marie Armstrong missed both of the free throws, but when Georgia was awarded the ball afterwards, she hit a 3-pointer. Then a basket by Meredith Mitchell gave Georgia a 6-point lead at 14-8, which turned out to be their biggest lead of the game.




Up until that point in the game, Christina Foggie had yet to score a basket. But then she scored eight points in a 10-0 Vanderbilt run to give the 'Dores a 4-point lead at 18-14 with 8:15 left in the half.




Georgia's pressure defense helped to force 20 Vanderbilt turnovers in the game, but it also meant that Georgia racked up a bunch of first half fouls.




Vanderbilt took advantage of the fouls, connecting on 8 of 10 shots from the free throw line.




The shots earned at the foul line helped Vanderbilt to establish a 5-point lead at halftime, 31-26.




After 13 points in the first half, Foggie really broke loose in the second half with 21 points. Afterwards Head Coach Melanie Balcomb credited both Foggie herself and her teammates.

"She's been first or second in the country in 3-point field goal percentage all year, and against South Carolina, that first half that we lost, we got her two shots," Balcomb said. "So this has been a discussion, and I really liked how the kids responded and got her those shots. And then when she got hot, she just got real confident."

"I think her drives were more impressive than her 3's," she continued. "I know she's a shooter; she was a shooter when I signed her, but she's worked so hard on becoming a more complete basketball player, going to the rim and putting the ball on the floor was impressive, really impressive."




With 13:07 left in the game and Vanderbilt leading by just two points at 39-37, one of those drives turned into an old-fashioned three-point play.




A 3-pointer and two more layups from Foggie gave the 'Dores their first double-digit lead of the night, a 10-point lead at 49-39 with 9:22 left in the game.




A jumper by Elan Brown increased Vanderbilt's lead to 12 points at 53-41 with 7:12 left.




With 6:45 remaining Foggie hit another 3-pointer to give Vanderbilt a 15-point lead at 56-41, and the game turned into a rout.




Tiffany Clarke




Elan Brown




Christina Foggie finished her night on a fastbreak layup with an assist from Kady Schrann, then left the game to a standing ovation from the crowd.




With the victory, Vanderbilt improves to 15-5 on the season, 3-4 in the SEC. Next up is the team's annual "Pink Out" as the 'Dores host LSU. Game time is 2 p.m.


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Photos copyright 2012 by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com.