No. 6 Vanderbilt 64, LSU 53
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Chantelle Anderson scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Zuzi Klimesova scored 24 points as No. 6 Vanderbilt beat LSU 64-53 Sunday.
LSU, with only two starters over 6-feet, couldn’t stop the 6-6 Anderson and the 6-2 Klimesova.
Vanderbilt (19-4, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 22 points in the second half.
LSU (11-7, 4-3) snapped a three-game winning streak. The Tigers had won five straight games at home.
LSU was led by Alysha Smith’s 16 points. Ke-Ke Tardy scored 12, and Temeka Johnson had 11 points and five assists.
Ashley McElhiney had eight assists for Vanderbilt.
LSU outrebounded Vanderbilt 33-32 despite the Commodores’ size advantage. The Tigers, after getting no offensive rebounds in the first half, finished with 11.
Vanderbilt, the nation’s best shooting team at 54.3 percent, shot 57 percent. LSU shot 46 percent, but made just 3-of-11 foul shots. Both teams were cold from 3-point range. Vanderbilt made 2-of-9, LSU 2-of-7.
Vanderbilt jumped out to a 13-2 lead. While Vandy was making 7-of-10, LSU missed five straight.
The Commodores took a 23-6 lead with 8:28 remaining in the first half. By that time, Anderson and Klimesova each had 10 points, with Venessa Ferragamo’s 3 Vanderbilt’s only other points.
Roneeka Hodges’ basket at 7:02 sparked an 8-2 LSU run that cut the deficit to 25-14 with 4:32 left in the half.
The Commodores stretched their lead to 17 with 3:03 left on a basket by Klimesova. But the Tigers staged a small rally over the closing minutes, outscoring Vanderbilt 8-2 to cut it to 34-22 at the half.