Vanderbilt women — back at home — get back on track

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 10:44pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt's women’s basketball team is finding its groove back at home.

Sophomore Gabby Smith scored a career-high 18 points as the Commodores defeated Tennessee-Martin 72-60 on Thursday night. After losing two straight road games, Vanderbilt has won two straight at home and is 6-0 at Memorial Gym this season.

The Commodores (6-3) jumped out to a 24-9 lead on a jumper by Elan Brown with 8:30 left in the first half. The Skyhawks (4-5) responded with a 15-3 run and trailed just 34-30 at halftime.

Tennessee-Martin trimmed the deficit to two points early in the second half and were down just 42-38 with 13:31 left. Vanderbilt pulled away after that, though, thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Jasmine Lister and Smith. The Skyhawks twice cut the margin to seven, but the Commodores countered both times and led by 16 with less than six minutes left.

Vanderbilt punched the ball inside, outscoring Tennessee-Martin 42-24 in the paint. Forward Hannah Tuomi scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Lister had 13 points and Brown added 11.

For the Skyhawks, Heather Butler had a game-high 20 points. Jaclissa Haislip added 19 and Jasmine Newsome had 17.

The Commodores take more than a week off for finals and their next game is on Dec. 19 at Duquesne (Pa.).