Stephanie Holzer had 13 points and six rebounds in just 16 minutes but fouled out with 6:39 to play as Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball team fell 78-68 to No. 19 Kentucky on Sunday in Lexington, Ky.
Holzer scored nine points during a 17-2 run that gave the Commodores a 17-7 lead with 10:26 to play in the first half.
From there, they scored just five more points before halftime and trailed by 15 (37-22) at the break. The deficit grew as large as 23 during the final 20 minutes, and VU only got as close as seven when two Christina Foggie free throws made it 75-68 with 18 seconds to play.
“We had a great lead and then Steph [Holzer] gets two fouls, and we were dominating them inside because they don’t have a post to defend her,” Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. “She gets two silly fouls and they pick up their pressure and started trapping us and we just started playing back on our heels.
“We let them attack us. We became very passive on offense and no one stepped up and wanted the ball.”
The Commodores (13-7, 4-3 in the SEC) held the Wildcats (15-4, 5-2) to 37.5 percent shooting from the field (21.4 percent on 3-pointers) and forced 15 turnovers but committed 21 turnovers of their own, which led to 32 UK points.
Foggie finished with a team-high 15 points. Jence Rhoads added 14 points, and Angela Puleo, who made four of five 3-point attempts, chipped in 12 in just 13 minutes as Vanderbilt’s bench accounted for 43 points.
Brentwood Academy graduate Victoria Dunlap led Kentucky with 17 points, nine rebounds and four steals — all game-highs.