Vanderbilt got a scare when Christina Foggie was taken from the court with a neck injury Wednesday but failed to get revenge when it lost 79-68 to Bowling Green on the road.
The Falcons (7-1) have won three straight against the 23rd ranked Commodores – all during Balcomb’s nine-year tenure as head coach. They upset Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and won at Memorial Gym last season. Bowling Green is now 3-2 in the all-time series – with both VU wins coming in the early 1990s.
Foggie, a freshman guard, was hurt on a screen with 9:06 to play. She had full movement in her extremities and was treated at a hospital as a precaution.
The Commodores (4-2) took their last lead – 26-23 – on an Elan Brown 3-pointer with 6:06 remaining in the first half. Bowling Green then went on a 21-6 run over the last six minutes to take a 44-32 lead into halftime.
VU shot 50 percent (25-for-50) from the field and outrebounded BGU 34-26 but they turned the ball over 19 times.
Lauren Prochaska’s 31 points also did some damage. The Bowling Green guard was 5-for-9 from 3-point range and 10-for-10 from the free-throw line.
“She picks her poison with you,” Balcomb said. “She takes you off the dribble, shoots the three and goes to the line, and that‘s everything you want in a guard. She hit big shots when she needed to.”
For Vanderbilt, Hannah Tuomi, Jence Rhoads and Jasmine Lister all scored 14 points. Stephanie Holzer added 10.
The Commodores stay on the road for their next contest – at Denver on Sunday.