NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senior Mariella Fasoula had a double-double and junior Autumn Newby pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt women’s basketball over Saint Louis 62-50 at Memorial Gymnasium on Sunday.
Sophomore Brinae Alexander added 17 points – all in the second half – and sophomore Jordyn Cambridge became the first Commodore with seven steals in a game since 2008 to improve Vanderbilt to 3-1 on the year and hand the Billikens (3-1) their first loss of the season.
A 17-0 run that bridged the two halves helped Vanderbilt overcome a slow start. Saint Louis jumped out to a 10-2 lead before the Commodores tied the game at 14-14 after one quarter.
The Billikens led 25-18 before Vanderbilt scored the last eight points of the first half to take a 26-25 advantage at intermission.
That run stretched into the third quarter as the Commodores scored the first nine points. Vanderbilt held the Billikens without a field goal for more than 10 minutes (10:02) and built a 35-25 lead.
Vanderbilt forced eight turnovers and allowed just four points in the third quarter as the lead grew to 44-29 heading into the final frame. Saint Louis was never within 10 during the final 10 minutes.
By the Numbers
Fasoula racked up her second double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds on 7 of 13 shooting. She also dished out a career-high four assists.
Cambridge also matched a career high with six rebounds for the second straight game and matched a career best with two blocks.
Junior Chelsie Hall was the third Commodore in double figures with 14 points in addition to three assists.
Newby added three assists and two steals as she matched her season-high with 13 boards.
Vanderbilt held Saint Louis to just 27.9 percent shooting and forced 23 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Commodores were 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) from the field in the second half and shot 39.7 percent for the game, including 33.3 percent from three and 7 of 9 from the free throw line.
Cambridge is the first Commodore with seven steals in a game since Jennifer Risper did so against Michigan on Nov. 23, 2008 … Vanderbilt improved to 5-0 all-time against Saint Louis … The Commodores have won eight of their last nine against unranked foes at Memorial, including a 3-0 mark this year … Vandy’s only loss this season is a 13-point defeat to No. 4 Connecticut on Wednesday … Vanderbilt improved to 1-0 in gold jerseys this season.
Vanderbilt concludes its five-game, season-opening home stand when Furman visits historic Memorial Gymnasium at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. It is the first game of a doubleheader with the men who face South Carolina State at 8 p.m.