Vanderbilt's women battled the defending National Champion South Carolina Gamecocks tooth and nail for four quarters but in the end, it was Vandy's poor defense that enabled Carolina to prevail 95-82.
The Vanderbilt women have shown improvement over the past couple weeks, battling Tennessee hard in Knoxville and then taking down nemesis Kentucky on Monday in Memorial Gym. On Thursday night the Commodores played the Gamecocks close for four quarters but allowing opponents to make 66 percent of their field goals will hurt you. Still, it was another step in the right direction as the Commodores, who fell behind by 16 points the second quarter, were able to battle back to within two of the visitors and make it interesting.
Vandy got 25 points from Erin Whalen. Whalen was 10 of 16 from field goal range and made three of seven from beyond the 3-point arc. South Carolina, playing without superstar A'ja Wilson who is injured, got a solid game from Alexis Jennings who finished with 27 points, most of them from inside the paint.
The improving Commodores fall to 5-15 (1-5 SEC) with the loss while South Carolina improves to 15-3 (4-2 SEC). Next up for Vandy is a visit with Alabama on Sunday.