Vanderbilt women use second-half run to overtake Mississippi State

Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:03pm
Staff reports

Jasmine Lister scored eight straight points in a 17-point second half run that carried the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team to a 74-62 victory over Mississippi State on Thursday at Starkville, Miss.

Vanderbilt (18-8, 9-4 in the Southeastern Conference) trailed by six but then held the Bulldogs (10-15, 2-11) scoreless for nearly seven minutes and turned a 44-38 deficit into a 55-44 advantage.

Lister’s jump shot started the run with 13:45 to play. The freshman guard then commenced her solo surge with a 3-point basket that put the Commodores ahead to stay 47-44 with 11:31 left. She followed with a pair of layups and a free throw over the next 2:12.

Lister finished with 16 points, second on the team to sophomore post player Tiffany Clarke, who kept the Commodores competitive through the opening 20 minutes.

Clarke finished with game-highs of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman Christina Foggie returned from a concussion and added 11 points off the bench.

Mississippi State made six of 11 first-half 3-pointers and led 31-29 at halftime.

Clarke was six-for-nine from the field and scored 15 points before intermission. The Commodores’ other four starters combined for just one field goal and five points.

Vanderbilt attempted 34 free throws, 23 more than Mississippi State, which had two players foul out. Lister was a perfect five-for-five from the line. She, Clarke and Foggie combined for 19 of the Commodores’ foul shots.

Mary Kathryn Govero led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Diamber Johnson added 12.