No. 13 Vanderbilt 75, Connecticut 47
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Heidi Gillingham’s 13 points led a methodical Vanderbilt offense that buried Connecticut 75-47 in the second round of the women’s NCAA tournament Saturday.
Eleven Commodore players scored as Vanderbilt (21-9) advanced to the NCAA’s Sweet 16. Vanderbilt will play the North Carolina-Miami winner in Charlottesville, Va.
Connecticut wrapped up its season at 23-11.
Vanderbilt kicked off the game with eight straight points before Wendy Davis drove the baseline to score Connecticut’s first two points with 16:36 in the half.
A Jade Huntington layup at 4:05 gave Vanderbilt its largest lead of the half, 18 points.
The Huskies could get no closer than 14 points, 36-22, when Kathy Ferrier hit the first of two free throws with 33 seconds in the half.
Neither team could score for nearly three minutes of the second half.
Connecticut tried a full-court press that failed to slow Vanderbilt as the Commodores stretched their lead to 50-31 on a Gillingham jumper with 12:30 left in the game.
Vanderbilt’s Misty Lamb and Shelley Jarrard each scored 11 points, and Huntington added 10.
Wendy Davis led Connecticut with 13 points, and Kathy Ferrier scored 10.