Defense drives VU women in victory over St. Joseph's

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 9:41pm
Staff reports

Hannah Tuomi had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Vanderbilt’s women’s team held St. Joseph’s to 26 percent shooting in a 59-46 victory Tuesday in Philadelphia.

It was the fewest points allowed by the Commodores (4-0) since it held Western Carolina to 44 in a first-round game of the 2009 NCAA tournament.

St. Joseph’s was within two, 41-39, with 9:03 to play before the Commodores pulled away with a 10-0 run.

Sophomore Jordan Coleman scored four straight points in that run. She finished with six points, a career-high 10 rebounds and three steals.

Vanderbilt (4-0), ranked 21st in the latest AP poll, built a 28-19 halftime lead when it forced 11 turnovers and limited St. Joe’s to five field goals on 27 attempts. The Commodores also attempted 27 first-half shots and made 10, including four by Tuomi (on four attempts) and two 3-pointers each by Merideth Marsh and Jessica Mooney.

Marsh played a game-high 36 minutes and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jence Rhoads had 11 points but just one assist.