NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After opening with a tenacious first half, the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team knocked down six triples and continued disruptive defensive en route to the second win of the season. The Commodores defeated the Golden Eagles inside Memorial Gymnasium, 75-55.
Vandy was led by a trio of freshmen in Sacha Washington, De’Mauri Flournoy and Iyana Moore who combined for 34 points. Flournoy scored her first points as a Commodore before proceeding to finish the game leading the team with 14 total points and going 4-for-5 from deep. Moore added 12 points going 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Washington’s effort was felt on both ends of the court with eight points, six rebounds and two assists.
Adding to the scoring efforts for Vanderbilt were Brinae Alexander with 13 points and Kaylon Smith with 10 points. Every Commodore, but two, who played in tonight’s game scored at least two points.
Vandy only trailed Tennessee Tech for six minutes when the Golden Eagles’ lead was 9-5 in the opening period. The Vanderbilt offense began to fire on all cylinders feeding the newfound defensive intensity which eventually gave way to 35 points off those Tennessee Tech turnovers.
The Commodores commenced the second period with a 6-0 run before being answered around the five-minute mark by the Golden Eagles’ Mackenzie Coleman. Later with 12 seconds remaining Vanderbilt headed into the locker room fresh off Yaubryon Chambers’ jumper at 34-20.
The lead for Vanderbilt swelled to 17 points in the third period, thanks to major contributions from deep via Flournoy and Moore in this stanza.
Vandy sealed the victory with 24 total points in the fourth period while holding Tennessee Tech to 15 points.
The Commodores caused 24 Golden Eagle turnovers during the game and were able to garner 14 fast break points during the transition.
Tennessee Tech was led by Anna Jones who was the only Golden Eagle to score in double-digits at 24 points and added nine rebounds.
Vanderbilt will host Jacksonville State on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.