Vanderbilt women lose first of the season as late rally falls short

Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 8:12pm
Staff reports

Christina Foggie scored six points in an 18-7 second-half run as Vanderbilt closed to within three in the final minute Sunday.

The Commodores never caught host North Carolina State, though, and lost for the first time this season, 66-59, in their first game outside of Tennessee. Their only previous road contests were at Austin Peay and Tennessee-Martin.

Foggie made only three 3-pointers for the contest and finished with 13 points, which snapped her streak of five consecutive games with at least 20 points. Stephanie Holzer led 20th-ranked Vanderbilt (10-1) with 15 points and eight rebounds.

N.C. State (7-3) led by 12 at halftime on the strength of a 21-4 run and maintained at least a six-point edge until the final nine minutes. The advantage was 14 points, 55-41, when the Commodores’ rally started with an Elan Brown 3-pointer.

Foggie’s final basket made it 62-59 with 44 seconds to go. N.C. State, which got a game-high 21 points from Kody Burke, made four straight free throws and closed out the contest.

Vanderbilt returns to Memorial Gymnasium when it hosts Florida State on Thursday.