Foggie continues scoring surge as VU women remain unbeaten

Sunday, December 4, 2011 at 5:21pm

Sooner or later Christina Foggie is going to put up a number that will be difficult even for her to reach again.

For now, though, Vanderbilt’s sophomore guard continues to push her career-high for points ever higher.

Foggie led all scorers with 26 points as the 25th-ranked Commodores defeated High Points 70-54 Sunday.

It was the fourth straight game in which she scored more than 20 points and the second time in three contests she set a personal best. She had 25 on Wednesday at Austin Peay.

“I’m definitely in a flow recently and my teammates have been helping me with that a lot — setting screens and stuff like that,” Foggie said. “… It’s definitely nice to know when to score in the offense and how it flows.”

With the victory the Commodores remained unbeaten at 9-0. Eight of those games have been at Memorial Gymnasium, where they will not play again until Dec. 22.

Vanderbilt led by 17 at halftime but High Point, which upset Pittsburgh two days earlier, opened the second half with a 12-2 run — in a span of just 3:23 — and closed to within seven. The advantage shrunk to six but no less.

Foggie finally provided some separation when she five points in 13 seconds and pushed the lead back 17 (53-36) with 9:04 remaining. She also finished with a team-high three steals.

“The sky’s the limit for her, but what she’s focusing on is her defense,” coach Melanie Balcomb said. “She made two steals down the stretch when they made their run and really changed the game with her defense more than her offense.”

It was similar to the start of the game when she made her first five shots, including three 3-pointers, and carried Vanderbilt to an early 15-point advantage (21-6). Foggie had 10 of the Commodores’ first 14 points.

Her first miss came with 11:21 to go in the first half, at which point she had outscored High Point 13-8. The Panthers, who were led by Cheyenne Parker’s double–double (13 points, 19 rebounds),  got their 13th point with 3:26 to play in the first half.

“It’s really odd because there’s so many options for everyone,” Foggie said. “I’ve been getting pretty good looks this last week and just knocking down shots.”