Post-Notre Dame game notes

Dec. 30, 2008

Recap | Box Score | Quotes

No. 20 Vanderbilt 57 – No. 6 Notre Dame 59
December 30, 2008 – Memorial Gym
Attendance: 4,374

– Vanderbilt started forward Christina Wirth, and guards Jessica Mooney, Meredith Marsh, Hannah Tuomi and Jennifer Risper
– Risper, Wirth, Tuomi and Marsh have started in all 14 games this season. Mooney made her fourth start of the season and sixth of her career. Wirth leads the team with 97 career starts while Risper has started in 65.

First Half Notes:
– Notre Dame won the opening tip
– Vanderbilt’s Hannah Tuomi scored six of Vanderbilt’s first 10 points.
– Vanderbilt led 10-4 at the first media timeout in the first half.
– Vanderbilt’s defense forced Notre Dame to five turnovers in the games first eight minutes to five turnovers in the games first nine minutes
– Leading 10-8, Vanderbilt’s Christina Wirth drilled three straight three-pointers pushing the Commodores lead to seven points (19-12) with 9:45 remaining. Christina Wirth drilled three straight three-pointers. Leading 19-14 at the 8:30 mark in the first half, Vanderbilt went on 10-2 run to push its lead to 29-16 with 4:42 remaining in the first half.
– Vanderbilt was 14-33 (42.4%) from the field during the first half compared to 12-31 (38.7%) for the Fighting Irish
– Vanderbilt outrebounded the Irish 21-18 during the first half
– Wirth led Vanderbilt with 12 points while Hannah Tuomi added 10 points in the first. Wirth was 4-6 from behind the arc in the first half.
– Vanderbilt forced Notre Dame into 10 first half turnovers while the Commodores committed six first-half turnovers.
– Vanderbilt scored 13 points off of Notre Dame’s turnovers

Second Half Notes:
– Vanderbilt opened the second half on an 8-2 run and led 44-26 with 17:40 remaining in the second half. The 18-point lead was the largest lead of the game. Trailing 44-26, Notre Dame responded with a 22-0 run to take a 48-46 lead with 8:35 remaining in the game. The 22 consecutive points scored by Notre Dame is the most consecutive points scored by an opponent this season.
– Vanderbilt went scoreless from the 15:56 mark to the 6:32 mark in the second half. The 9:24 scoring drought was the largest scoring drought of the season for the Commodores.- Notre Dame outrebounded Vanderbilt 27-13 in the second half.
– After making 4-of-10 shots from three in the first half, Vanderbilt went 0-for-7 in the second half behind the arc.

Postgame Notes:
– With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 11-3 while Notre Dame improves to 11-1.
– The Commodores are now 8-1 at home this season in games played in Memorial Gymnasium.
Hannah Tuomi led Vanderbilt with 20 points on 9-13 shooting while Wirth added 12 points, with all of them coming in the first half. Risper tallied six points, nine rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes of action.
– With Tuomi’s fifth point in the first-half she passed her last season’s points total of 173 points. Tuomi has now scored 189 points in 14 games this season and is currently the teams second leading scorer at 13.5 ppg. Wirth leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg.
– Tuomi and Risper led the `Dores on the glass with nine rebounds a piece.
– Notre Dame outrebounded Vanderbilt 45-34 in the game, including 27-13 in the second half.
– Vanderbilt committed only 11 turnovers compared to 19 for Notre Dame
– Vanderbilt recorded 11 steals compared to only two for Notre Dame
– Vanderbilt was 5-11 from the free throw line while Notre Dame was 3-6
– The 4,374 paid attendance was the largest crowd of the season at Memorial Gym for women’s basketball. The mark tops the previous-high of 4,221 crowd that saw the Commodores defeat UT-Martin 86-29 on Dec. 21.