Sharp-Shooting Vanderbilt Beats Lady Tigers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt's Kady Schrann poured in a career-high 29 points and the Commodores rode a 10-0 run out of halftime to deal the LSU women's basketball team its fourth straight Southeastern Conference loss, 81-72, on Sunday afternoon in Memorial Coliseum.
The Lady Tigers (14-7, 4-4 SEC) remained winless at Vanderbilt since 2005 and were unable to slow down the league's top shooting team. The Commodores (16-5, 4-4) shot 47.4 percent and benefited from a 21-of-26 effort from the free throw line. LSU, one of the nation's elite defensive teams, surrendered a season-high 81 points, including 48 in the second half.
The Lady Tigers, who started SEC play 4-0, find themselves in a tie for sixth place in the league standings with Vanderbilt. Sunday's game marked the halfway point in the SEC slate.
Schrann was one of four Commodores in double-figures, finishing 11-of-15 from the floor. Christina Foggie, the SEC's leading scorer at 18.4 points per game, was shutout in the first half but scored 14 in the second stanza. Stephanie Hoelzer added 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Three Lady Tigers finished in double-digits led by 18 points from Bianca Lutley, her second straight scoring output over 15 points. LaSondra Barrett, despite a 4-of-13 effort from the floor, contributed 17 points and made seven free throws. Adrienne Webb buried a season-high three treys and scored 11 points.
With LSU trailing 33-27 at the break, the Commodores quickly stretched the lead to double digits with 10-0 run in the first two minutes of the second half. Foggie finally got on the scoreboard with a three from the right wing and later added a pair of free throws. A fast break layup from Tiffany Clark gave Vanderbilt a commanding 42-27 advantage following the run.
However, the Lady Tigers picked up the pace offensively, converting four threes on four straight possessions. Webb buried a pair and Lutley had two, including an old-fashioned one on a drive through the lane. LSU worked the deficit back to what it was at halftime but couldn't match Vanderbilt's offensive intensity the rest of the way.
Schrann delivered five straight points and the lead grew to 14 when Foggie buried two free throws and a three. Vanderbilt led 73-56 with 5:27 left in the game.
LSU made 23-of-34 from the free throw line for the game and finished at 38.2 percent from the floor. The Lady Tigers were out-rebounded by the Commodores, 38-34, and gave up 14 second-chance points.
LSU opens a three-game homestand against Florida at a special 6 p.m. CT start on Thursday in the Maravich Center. The first 2,000 fans in attendance receive free Lady Tiger rubber duckies.