VU women rally for overtime victory at South Carolina

Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3:21pm
Staff reports

Stephanie Holzer had four points and three rebounds as Vanderbilt erased a nine-point deficit in fewer than three minutes late in the second half on its way to a 74-60 overtime victory at South Carolina on Sunday, the final day of the regular season.

Elan Brown scored the first points of overtime with a 3-point shot, and Jence Rhoads scored the Commodores’ next five. South Carolina never led in overtime and failed to score over the final 2:11.

Holzer finished with a team-high 19 points, on 7-for-9 shooting, and added six points and two blocked shots. Rhoads finished with 15 points and Brown added 12. Each had a team-high eight rebounds.

Vanderbilt (19-10, 10-6 in the SEC) trailed by nine, 50-41, with 5:25 to play when Hannah Tuomi started an 11-2 run with a layup. Tuomi then finished it with a three-point play (a layup and foul shot) that tied it 52-52 with 2:31 remaining.

South Carolina (16-13, 8-8) scored the next four points, but VU again responded. Rhoads’ second-chance basket with 43 seconds remaining in regulation tied it at 56-56 and forced overtime.

The Commodores’ only lead in regulation was at 2-0, when Tiffany Clarke made a layup 23 seconds after the opening tip. They trailed by as many as 10 in the second half.

La’Keisha Sutton led all scorers with 20 points for South Carolina, which had 17 offensive rebounds to Vanderbilt’s seven but had just a two-point edge (9-7) in second-chance points.