NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University slid past the Presbyterian College women’s basketball 56-38 on Monday at Memorial Gymnasium. Aianna Kelly led PC with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Blue Hose fell to 1-4 on the season, while the Commodores went to 2-2 on the year. PC held the lead for seven minutes and six seconds in the game, with the largest lead of four at the 6:44 marker of the first quarter.
The Blue Hose shot 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from the floor and 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free-throw line to take a 14-12 lead after the first quarter. PC held Vanderbilt to 33.3 percent (5-of-15) shooting in the period. Rebecca Walker (Snellville, Ga.) and Salina Virola (Huntsville, Ala.) led PC with three points, while four other players added two points.
Vanderbilt ran an 18-8 second quarter and opened a 30-22 lead at halftime. Kelly (Newport News, Va.) scored five points in the period, while Janie Miles (Clemson, S.C.) sank a 3-pointer with 29 seconds before they went to the locker room.
The Blue Hose opened the second half on an 8-2 run to pull within two, 32-30, with 6:35 left in the third period. The Commodores called a timeout and halted the PC momentum, going on a 7-0 run from that point to close out the quarter.
Taylor Petty (Spartanburg, S.C.) converted three free-throws and pulled PC within six, 44-38, at the 4:52 marker in the fourth quarter. Vandy would take control from that point, though, scoring 12 points in the final five minutes of the game to clinch the victory.
Christa Reed led the Commodores with 12 points and added three rebounds and two assists, while Jasmine Jenkins and Kristen Gaffney produced 10 points each. Rayte’a Long led Vanderbilt with nine rebounds.
Presbyterian returns home to host Brevard (N.C.) 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Templeton Center.