Sophomore guards show staying power, scoring touch as VU women win opener

Friday, November 11, 2011 at 10:24pm

If opening night is any indication, Vanderbilt’s backcourt won’t have to worry about a sophomore slump.

After sensational freshman seasons, Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie picked up where they left off, leading the Commodores to an 86-55 victory over Alabama A&M in the season opener for both teams on Friday night at Memorial Gymnasium.

Lister matched her career-high with 22 points and dished out a personal-best seven assists while Foggie added 18 points.

Vanderbilt (1-0) trailed just once – less than a minute into the game – and won its sixth straight season opener.

Depth issues kept the duo on the floor longer than coach Melanie Balcomb wanted. Guard Gabby Smith did not play due to a concussion and freshman Kady Schrann went out with first-half ankle injury and did not return. Thus, Lister, who made four 3-pointers, played 36 minutes and Foggie was on the floor for 32.

Both players benefited from the addition of freshman Maggie Morrison at point guard. She scored 10 points and had five assists.

“I like having Maggie at the point to distribute to both of them,” said Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb, who started four guards. “They need to look for each other a little more but when you have two wings who can shoot the 3 and take people off the dribble that are more complete players, that is really a good look for us.”

Tiffany Clarke, who missed last week’s exhibition game with a concussion, scored 11 points off the bench. Elan Brown just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end. Stephanie Holzer added eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Whiquitta Tobar scored a game-high 25 points for A&M (0-1).

Vanderbilt continues a six-game homestand on Monday, hosting Western Illinois at 7 p.m.