Loss at LSU ensures Vanderbilt women must start early at SEC tournament

Friday, February 24, 2012 at 12:54am
Staff reports

Vanderbilt is slipping in the wrong direction as the SEC Women’s Tournament looms next week.

The Commodores dropped their second straight and third of four as they fell 69-66 on the road at LSU on Thursday night.

Vanderbilt (20-8, 8-7) sits in a tie with Florida for seventh place. With one game remaining – at home against Alabama on Sunday – the Commodores can do no better than a seventh seed for the tournament, missing out on a chance for a first-round bye.

Against LSU (20-8, 8-6), they couldn’t pull away in a game that featured five ties and four lead changes. They never led after the 8:22 mark in the second half.

Vanderbilt was beat on the boards as the Tigers won the rebounding battle 41-21. They turned those second chances into 15 points.

Christina Foggie led Vanderbilt with 17 points, Jasmine Lister added 14 and Elan Brown had 12 off the bench. LSU’s LaSondra Barrett scored a game-high 20 points, making 12-of-15 free throws.

Without a bye, Vanderbilt will begin the SEC Tournament, which will be held downtown at Bridgestone Arena, on Thursday.