Offensive woes plague Vanderbilt women in loss at Arkansas

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 10:51pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt hadn’t lost consecutive games all season – until Thursday night.

The 25th-ranked Commodores suffered a huge setback when they were held to a season-low point total in a 69-47 loss to Arkansas on the road.

Coming off a 23-point defeat at then-No. 6 Tennessee on Sunday, Vanderbilt (14-4, 2-3 SEC) was looking to bounce back against the Razorbacks, who were tied for 10th in Southeastern Conference play.

But the Commodores never led after making the opening basket and fell behind 17-4 less than 10 minutes in. They committed 22 turnovers, shot just 32.1 percent from the field and made just one of 12 (8.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Vanderbilt entered the game leading the country in 3-point shooting percentage (42.3 percent).

Christina Foggie was the only Commodore to score in double figures, leading the team with 14 points.

Arkansas (13-5, 2-4) was led by Sarah Watkins, who scored 21 points.

All four of Vanderbilt’s losses have come on the road.

The Commodores hope to snap the mini-skid on Sunday (12:30 p.m., ESPNU) when they host South Carolina at Memorial Gymnasium, where they have won 12 straight this season. The Gamecocks defeated Vanderbilt 65-55 on Jan. 5 in Columbia, S.C.

Tickets for Sunday’s game are just $1 as part of Vanderbilt’s Jam the Gym promotion.