Team Huddle
Joe Howell

Women's Basketball

Commodores top Austin Peay for first victory

Fasoula leads way with 25 points; Cierra Walker adds 22

Box Score NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Five Commodores scored in double figures as the Vanderbilt women's team notched its first victory of the season with a resounding 99-70 win over visiting Austin Peay Monday night in Memorial Gymnasium.  
 
The Skinny
Date: Nov. 12, 2018
Time: 7 PM CT
Place: Nashville, Tenn.  (Memorial Gym)
 
At the Top of the Charts
Points: Mariella Fasoula - 25
Rebounds: Mariella Fasoula - 9
Assists: Chelsie Hall - 6
Steals: Autumn Newby, Chelsie Hall, Cierra Walker - 1
 
How It Happened
First Quarter: Vanderbilt 24, Austin Peay 21
Mariella Fasoula scored the first four baskets for the Commodores, putting the squad up 8-3 early on. Austin Peay used three pointers to keep it tight throughout, before a triple from Brinae Alexander created distance, 24-19. A layup with four seconds remaining in the stanza set the quarter score, 24-21.
 
Second Quarter: Vanderbilt 41, Austin Peay 35
The second was also a tale of back-and-forth, before fouls plagued the Governors down the back stretch. Over the last three minutes the Commodores buried 5-of-6 shots from the charity stripe to stay out in front, 41-35.
 
Third Quarter: Vanderbilt 68, Austin Peay 48
Fasoula found the basket in the early going of the third quarter to spark a 14-1 run to widen the seven-point halftime margin. Vanderbilt went on to outscore Austin Peay, 26-13, in the quarter. The Commodores also shot 50 percent from the field in the third and a perfect 100 percent (7-7) from the free throw line.
 
Fourth Quarter: Vanderbilt 99, Austin Peay 70
Jordyn Cambridge set the tone for the quarter after burying an early triple. A few points later, the Commodores scored nine unanswered to stretch its lead, 83-56. Vandy stayed hot, shooting 83.3 percent from the field and were perfect from beyond the arc.
 
Inside the Lane
-Vanderbilt shot 60 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc while holding APSU to just 38.8 percent from the field.
-The Commodores out-rebounded the Governors 42-to-30.
-VU shared the ball well, racking up 23 assists on the night.
-Vanderbilt won the battle in the paint, notching 48 points while holding APSU to just 26.
 
Double Digit Dores
Five Commodores finished the contest in double digits: Autumn Newby (10), Chelsie Hall (12), Brinae Alexander (13), Cierra Walker (22) and Mariella Fasoula (25).
 
A New High
Cierra Walker's 22 points, four of which were from deep, sets a new career high (previously 21).

Up Next
Vanderbilt hits the road for a two game swing. The squad will travel to NC State on Thursday for a 6 p.m. tip and then take on No. 2 UCONN at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.
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