Jasmine Lister got the Vanderbilt women off to a fast start. Just as quickly the offense ran into trouble.
The seventh-seeded Commodores shot 47.3 percent from the field but committed 23 turnovers in a 76-65 loss to No. 2 Kentucky in an SEC Tournament quarterfinal Friday at Duluth, Ga.
Lister scored the game’s first points with a layup 45 seconds after the opening tip. It took 4:20 for Vanderbilt to score another point — a Tiffany Clarke free throw — and nearly seven minutes before it made another field goal — a layup by Clarke.
Vanderbilt’s first turnover came 1:35 into the contest when Heather Bowe had the ball stolen. Lister and Elan Brown followed with giveaways of their own within the next 44 seconds.
Kentucky answered Lister’s initial bucket with nine straight points and never trailed from there. The Wildcats led by as many as 17 in the first half and removed any doubt with an 11-0 run early in the second half that made it 52-30 with 14:21 to play.
Clarke and Lister did what they could to keep the Commodores in it. Clarke made 11 field goals and led all scorers with 24 points, and Lister added 17. Clarke also had 12 rebounds.
They also gave it away plenty, though. The two combined for 14 turnovers, including nine by Lister.
A’dia Mathies led Kentucky with 16 points and five steals. Denesha Stallworth added 14 points and three steals. Six different Wildcats had at least one steal.