Vanderbilt women stay undefeated in wake of cracking top 25

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11:41pm

CLARKSVILLE — Vanderbilt didn’t want its first trip to Austin Peay in nearly 22 years to be a sour one, especially not after just cracking the Top 25 rankings. 

Stifling defensive pressure made sure the short bus ride home was a happy one.

The 25th-ranked Commodores forced 22 turnovers and had four players score in double figures in an 83-51 victory over the Lady Govs on Wednesday night.

“I felt like we played for 40 minutes,” Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said. “Everybody was really up and confident after beating Oklahoma. I am really glad there was no let-up. We just built confidence.”

Coming off an upset of then-No. 12 Oklahoma on Saturday, the Commodores (7-0) had no problem dispatching of Austin Peay (2-4).

Vanderbilt took control with a 19-4 run, first-half run fueled by several takeaways. Tiffany Clarke’s layup with 5:38 to go in the opening half stretched the lead to 31-11.

The Commodores never looked back, leading by as many as 35 in the second half.

“We were concerned because we just didn’t want to be that team that was hung up on a big win. So we really focused on that in the two days we prepared and practiced,” Vanderbilt forward Jordan Coleman said. “We definitely decided to step up our defensive intensity. Our defense always influences how we play on offense. So I think that is what did it.”

Christina Foggie led all scorers with a career-high 25 points. She had 21 against Oklahoma and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line and added five assists in this one.

“She is just starting to feel a little more comfortable with what we’re doing,” Balcomb said. “It has become easy for her. She is so relaxed right now.”

Stephanie Holzer added 15 points, Coleman chipped in a season-high 13 and Kady Schrann had 11. Clarke hauled down 10 rebounds, matching a season-best.

The Commodores, off to their best start in two years, return to Nashville for a 7 p.m. contest on Friday against Denver (5-1).