No. 14 S.C. Zaps No. 17 Vanderbilt 66-57
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Jocelyn Penn, the nation’s leading scorer, scored 21 of her 27 points in the second half as No. 14 South Carolina defeated No. 17 Vanderbilt 66-57 on Thursday night.
Kelly Morrone added 14 points for South Carolina (14-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference).
Chantelle Anderson scored 20 points, and Ashley McElhiney 11 for Vanderbilt (10-5, 0-2).
South Carolina led by three on five different occasions in the first half, but trailed 29-27 at halftime and was down by four on Anderson’s basket to open the second half.
South Carolina rallied to take a lead, but Vanderbilt then came back from its own four-point deficit and made it 53-53 with three minutes remaining on a basket by Anderson.
But Penn, who is averaging 27.3 points, and Morrone scored on consecutive possessions for South Carolina, and the visiting Gamecocks hit seven of 11 free throws down the stretch to preserve the road victory.