Shorthanded Dores Fall to Skyhawks

Marnelle Garraud leads Vandy against UT Martin in both scoring and assists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Graduate guard Marnelle Garraud posted season highs of 19 points and five assists, but Vanderbilt was hindered by turnovers in a 66-54 loss to UT Martin on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium.

Garraud finished 7 of 15 from the field, including 3 of 6 from behind the 3-point line, while grabbing three steals and two rebounds in 39 minutes. Vanderbilt (6-5) played without leading scorer Ciaja Harbison (18.5 ppg) for the third straight game, meaning the Commodores fielded a lineup of just eight healthy players again.

Vandy was plagued by turnovers. The Dores committed 24, including 19 in the first half, and UT Martin scored 24 points off the turnovers.

Freshmen Jada Brown and Ryanne Allen knocked down 3-pointers to start the game for Vandy, but UT Martin answered with 3s of their own. The Skyhawks went ahead for good at the end of the first quarter when Paige Pipkin drained a 3.

UT Martin (3-5), which lost to Missouri by just five points (60-55) on the road in November, had a 28-20 lead at halftime and expanded it to as much as 21 points with 6:05 remaining in the game.

Vanderbilt outscored UT Martin 23-17 in the fourth quarter, but could never cut the deficit to under double-digits.

Pipkin led four Skyhawks in double figures scoring with 19. Sharnecce Currie-Jelks scored 16 and Seygan Robins and Shae Littleford each scored 14.

Vanderbilt outrebounded UT Martin 32-27, led by sophomore Sacha Washington with seven, and were 7 of 12 from the 3-point line (58 percent). The Dores forced 16 turnovers.

Player Notes
• Garraud has made multiple 3-pointers in seven games this season, while it marked the sixth occasion that she has had multiple steals including each of the last three contests.
• She has reached double figures in scoring in three straight games, leading the team in scoring each outing.
• Jada Brown has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last five games.

Series history
UT Martin beat Vanderbilt for the first time since the 1980-81 season and only second time overall. The Dores lead the series 12-2.

Up Next: Vanderbilt travels to play Louisiana Tech on Thursday at 6 p.m. CT (ESPN+) in Ruston, Louisiana.

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