Game 1 of 3 in a four-day span is complete as the women's basketball team outlasted Tennessee State 98-82 Friday night at Memorial Gym.
Taking the floor for the first time in 13 days, Vanderbilt (9-2) raced out to a 51-24 lead at the half but TSU roared back to outscore the Commodores 58-47 in the closing 20 minutes.
"TSU did a great job at halftime," said head coach Melanie Balcomb. "We just didn't play well in the second half at all. We have three games in four days and we've been practicing that way and we did not come out and play like that at all. They kept pressing harder and we couldn't respond. We subbed more so our starters could get a break for the number of games we have in the next few days and it obviously did not work well, so we're going to have to work on that for our next two games. We have to play better off the bench. We didn't make adjustments."
Sophomore forward Hannah Tuomi recorded a double-double on the night with a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard/forward Christina Wirth also scored 22 points on 9-13 shooting. It was Wirth's fourth 20-plus outing of the season and 12th of her career.
The Commodores return to the court to host Tennessee-Martin on Sunday (2 p.m.) and Liberty on Monday (2 p.m.). Tickets are only $6 for adults, and $5 for youth 17 and under.
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