Vanderbilt women rally, fall just short against No. 3 Notre Dame

Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 9:41pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt led by as many as eight in the first half and closed to within three late but lost 74-69 Thursday at Notre Dame in a matchup of top 20 women’s basketball teams.

The 18th-ranked Commodores (11-2) got within a basket, 72-69, with seven seconds to go when Jessica Mooney’s jump shot capped a 13-2 run. No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) got a pair of free throws to put the game out of reach.

Merideth Marsh scored six points in the first 3:53 as Vanderbilt opened a quick 10-2 lead. The senior guard from Louisville finished with 11 points and became the 31st player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

Jence Rhoads played all 40 minutes and scored a team-high 18 points for Vanderbilt. Tiffany Clarke added 11, and Mooney finished with 10.

Lindsay Schrader led Notre Dame with 18 points.

The Commodores open conference play Sunday (2 p.m., Memorial Gymnasium) against Ole Miss.