(6-4) lost 71-56 to visiting Vanderbilt
University (9-0) at the Bauman-Eberhardt Center before a
very small preholiday crowd (reported exaggerated attendance,
509). The visiting Commodores entertained their traveling fans
by the use of a quick inside game to build a 39-24 halftime lead.
SLU was never able to get their shooting game on track (senior
guard Kirsti Holloway, 1-15; freshman guard Ava Smith, 0-6; sophomore
guard Shea Kenny, 0-3) but were able to stay even during the
second half. The Billikens and Commodores were fairly even in
rebounds (35-35), turnovers (16-17), steals (6-5), and personal
fouls (19-17) but Vanderbilt led in the assist column (22-10).
SLU was led by senior forward Angie Lewis (22 pts) and freshman
guard Tyler Mcllwraith (9 pts). Sophomore center Lakrisha Brown
had 9 rebounds for the Billikens. SLU shot 33% from the field
(14% from 3-pt range, another weak performance) and 77% from
the charity line. The Commodores were led by junior forward Ashley
Earley (22 pts, 9 rebounds), senior forward Jenni Benningfield
(17 pts, 13 rebounds), and freshman guard Katie Antony (8 pts,
17 assists). VU shot 53% from the field (38% from 3-pt range)
and 71% from the charity line.