Vanderbilt women held to all-time offensive low in loss at LSU

Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 10:37pm
Staff reports

Jence Rhoads had 12 points and tied her career-high with eight rebounds, but Vanderbilt was held to an all-time scoring low in a 55-39 loss to LSU on Thursday at the Maravich Assembly Center.

The Commodores (18-8, 7-6 in the SEC) had more turnovers (20) than field goals (17).

They entered the contest fifth in the Southeastern Conference for scoring offense at 71.9 points per game. Their previous single-game low was 42, set early last season at Michigan.

Vanderbilt trailed by three at halftime but scored just 15 points over the final 20 minutes. Merideth Marsh cut the deficit to two (29-27) when she made a 3-pointer 1:06 into the second half and got it down to one (29-28) with a free throw 43 seconds later.

The Commodores scored just three points over the next 6:45 and got no closer than four the rest of the way. They also were held scoreless for a 5:10 stretch before Marsh made a layup with 25 seconds to play.

Marsh finished with 10 points, and Hannah Tuomi added 11.

LSU (18-7, 7-6), sixth in the SEC at 70.4 points per game, was held more than 15 points below its average. Still, the Lady Tigers, who got a game-high 15 points from Katherine Graham, scored the first four points and led the entire way.