Jence Rhoads scored seven straight points in the final 94 seconds of the first half and sent Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball team to a 74-48 victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday at Memorial Gymnasium.
The senior guard finished with a game-high 21 points in addition to five rebounds (tied for team-high), three assists and three steals.
The Commodores (8-3) trailed 22-21 when Rhoads started her run with a jump shot. She followed with a pair of free throws and finally a three-point play when she was fouled on a layup with five seconds remaining.
They never trailed after halftime and broke open the contest with a 14-2 run over nearly five minutes of the second half. Rhoads started that stretch with a layup.
The contest was dramatically different than last season’s meeting, which Vanderbilt won 79-73 in overtime. This was the seventh straight season the schools have played and the sixth straight victory for the Commodores.
Freshmen Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively, for VU. Senior post player Hannah Tuomi added 13 points and tied Rhoads with five rebounds.
LaTeira Owens led Western Kentucky (4-7) with 20 points, and Arnika Brown added 15.
Vanderbilt’s next action will be Dec. 29-30 at the Hilton Garden Classic hosted by Virginia Tech.