Vanderbilt women find new pair of stars for second straight victory

Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 7:20pm

Vanderbilt didn’t need leading scorer Christina Foggie to have another career night.

It was Kady Schrann’s turn.

The freshman guard scored a career-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting and led the Commodores to an 81-72 victory over LSU on Sunday in front of 4,735 at Memorial Gymnasium.

“They left Kady open and she took advantage,” Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said. “She is a kid who can score. She just has been letting other people score.”

The Commodores (16-5, 4-4 SEC) scored the most points by an LSU opponent this season and won their second straight after a three-game losing streak.

In their last game, a victory over No. 17 Georgia, Foggie scored a memorable 34 points. This time Schrann stepped up. 

With LSU (14-7, 4-4) running “junk” defenses, as Balcomb called them, including a box-and-one, Foggie took just three shots before halftime and was held scoreless in the first half for the first time since a NCAA Tournament loss to Louisville last year.

That created open looks for the 5-foot-4 Schrann, who hit back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner to start the game as Vanderbilt never trailed.

“I just did what they gave me,” said Schrann, who surpassed her previous high by nine points. “When I shot faked, they went out so I just took one dribble and shot the ball. It was just helping the team out for the win.”

Against Georgia, Foggie and Tiffany Clarke (13 points, 12 rebounds) carried the load.

It was a different inside-outside combo providing the damage against LSU. With Clarke in foul trouble, Stephanie Holzer scored 18 points, matched a personal-best with 15 rebounds (seven offensive) and sunk 6-of-10 free throws.

“Taking away Foggie and Tiff, trying to at least, that gave Steph and I a chance to step up and show that we still have more on the team,” Schrann said.

The Commodores clung to a 29-27 lead with 1:50 left in the first half. The Commodores closed the frame with four straight points and then opened the second half with 10 consecutive points for a 43-27 lead with 16:47 left. Foggie accounted for half during the spurt and finished with 14 points. Four Vanderbilt players scored in double figures as Jasmine Lister added 11 points and seven assists.

LSU, which got a game-high 18 points from Bianca Lutley, shot 70 percent from 3-point range (7-for-10) in the second half, when it twice closed to within six.

The Commodores' lead was eight with 7:56 left but with fouls accumulating on their post players, LSU appeared poised for a late surge.

After a media timeout, Schrann snuffed that opportunity. She made a jumper and then leapt in front of a pass, finishing with a layup and drawing a foul for a 3-point play and a 65-52 lead.

“We knew that we had to come out and just stick the dagger,” Schrann said. “At the timeout, after that, we just wanted to end it.”

With the game well in hand late, Schrann added a nice finishing touch to her career day.

Coming up the floor, near the foul line, she shook off a defender with a behind-the-back dribble. That gave her room for a 15-foot jumper, which she drained before drawing a foul. She hit the free throw to complete the impressive 3-point play with 1:35 left.

“I think she just pulled that out. I have not seen that,” Holzer said laughing. “I have seen the shot fake crossover in front. But she went with it. I don’t think she overthinks the game and I think that’s what great players do. They just take what is given to them and she hit it. It was awesome.”

“It is one of my secret weapons,” Schrann said with a grin.