NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University, the 12th-ranked team in the nation, scored the first 14 points of the game and rolled to an 80-38 win over Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team tonight in Nashville, Tenn. Freshman Kayla Drake led the Lady Colonels (2-1) with 14 points. All-Southeastern Conference forward Christina Wirth finished with a game-high 16 points for the Commodores (3-0).
The Commodores scored the first 14 points of the game, missed only two of their first 11 shots and led 22-8 with 13:34 left in the first half. Hannah Tuomi scored eight of Vandy’s first 14 points.
Drake’s three-pointer almost four minutes into the game got the Lady Colonels on the board. A minute later she knocked down a second trey to make it a 16-6 game.
A jumper by Jence Rhoads with 7:59 to go before intermission stretched the lead to 20 points, 30-10. A pair of free throws at the 1:58 mark by Chanel Chisholm pushed the Commodore advantage over 30, 44-13. Vanderbilt led by 35 inside of a minute before the break, but a three-pointer by Ilona Muszak and a jumper by Sarah Fraser-Jones at the buzzer sent the Lady Colonels to the locker room trailing by an even 30 points.
Vanderbilt made 18-of29 first half shots for 62.1 percent. EKU went 6-for-21 (28.6 percent) from the field. The Commodores out-rebounded Eastern 19-6 and scored 25 points off 16 Lady Colonel turnovers in the first half.
Five minutes into the second half the Vandy lead hit 40, 60-20, on a three-pointer by Lauren Lueders. The Commodores took their largest lead of 47 points, 71-24, on a lay-up by Jessica Mooney.
Vanderbilt shot 51.8 percent for the game from the field. Eastern Kentucky finished 15-of-47 for 31.9 percent.
Tuomi finished with 12 points and Mooney scored 11 off the bench. Eleven different Commodores scratched the scoring column.
Cherie White scored four points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds. Jasmine Lewin handed out four assists.
Vanderbilt entered the game ranked 12th in the nation in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll and No. 13 in the AP Poll.
The Lady Colonels will return to action on Sunday when Western Kentucky visits McBrayer Arena for the first time since 1991. Tip-off between the two rivals is scheduled for 3 p.m.