Hannah Tuomi’s two free throws with six seconds to play put the game out of reach as Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball team overcame an upset bid by Quinnipiac and won 75-74 on the road in Connecticut Thursday.
Neither team led by more than three over the final 16 minutes until Tumoi’s free throws. Jence Rhoads gave the 18th-ranked Commodores a 73-71 lead with 39 seconds to go. Quinnipiac’s Kathleen Neyens made a 3-pointer with one second to go.
Tumoi, a junior, and freshman Tiffany Clarke set up the back-and-forth final minutes when they combined to erase a 13-point deficit early in the second half. Tumoi had seven points and Clarke had six as the Commodores tied it 47-47 with 15:13 to go.
Rhoads gave Vanderbilt (9-10) its first lead of the half, 49-47, with a layup 20 seconds later.
Rhoads and Merideth Marsh each had a game-high 17 points in addition to six and five assists, respectively. Clarke added 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Tuomi finished with 11 points.
Quinnipiac (2-5) led by as many as 16 in the first half, but Vanderbilt closed to within seven, 41-34, with a 13-6 run over the final 3:23 of the half.
Neyens led four Bobcats in double figures with 15 points.