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    Vanderbilt Advances Past Mississippi State

    2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
    Game 2: #7 Vanderbilt 67, #10 Mississippi State 51

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    Nashville, Tenn - Christina Foggie scored 18 points to lead Vanderbilt past Mississippi State 67-51 in the first round of the SEC Tournament Thursday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

    With the win, Head Coach Melanie Balcomb picked up her 400th career victory. The Commodores (22-8) advanced to the next round and will take on Tennessee Friday at 2:30 p.m. CT.

    Vanderbilt was in control for most of the game until Mississippi State went on a 16-4 run midway through the second half to cut the deficit to 42-39. Tiffany Clarke scored six straight points for Vanderbilt to help the Dores pull away from the Bulldogs.

    Jasmine Lister (13), Stephanie Holzer (12), Clarke (10) also scored in double figures for Vanderbilt.

    2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament
    Game 2 – Thursday, March 1 –2:30 p.m.
    #10 Mississippi State vs. #7 Vanderbilt

    TOURNAMENT  NOTES

    •    Session 1 attendance: 4,044

    MISSISSIPPI STATE NOTES

    •    Mississippi State is now 14-16 on the year, 14-33 all-time in the SEC Tournament .
    •    The loss breaks of streak of three consecutive years that MSU had one at least one game in the SEC Tournament.
    •    This marks the second straight year that Vanderbilt has eliminated Mississippi State from the tournament.
    •    The Bulldogs were led in scoring by senior guards Diamber Johnson and Porsha Porter, who each scored 12 points. It marked the 16th Johnson has led the team in scoring and the ninth time Porter has been the leader in points.
    •    Freshman center Martha Alwal led the Bulldogs in rebounding with seven boards, the 16th time this season she has led MSU on the boards.
    •    Johnson scored 10+ points for the 21st time this season, 47th time for her career.
    •    Porter was a double-figure scorer for the 20th time on the year, 32nd time for her MSU career.
    •    Johnson moved up to 18th on MSU’s all-time scoring list with a total of 1,050 points. 
    •    MSU won the battle of bench scoring, 21-18, and points in the paint 28-14.
    •    The Bulldogs forced 22 Commodore turnovers, converting them into 32 points.

    VANDERBILT NOTES

    •    Vanderbilt is now 22-8 on the season, 44-26 all-time in the SEC Tournament and will advance to play the Tennessee at 2:30 on Friday.
    •    This is the 13th consecutive year that the Commodores have won at least one game in the SEC Tournament.
    •    Sophomore guard Christina Foggie led Vanderbilt with 18 points, the 14th time she has led the team in scoring and 25th double-figure scoring game this season.
    •    Sophomore guard Jasmine Lister scored 13 points, her 18th double-figure scoring game this season.
    •    Sophomore center Stephanie Holzer and junior forward Tiffany Clarke each scored 10 points, each scoring in double-figures for the 18th time this season.
    •    Holzer and Clarke each pulled down nine rebounds to share the rebounding lead, marking the 17th time Clarke had led in rebounds, 10th for Holzer.
    •    The Commodores have now swept both meetings with Mississippi State this season. 
    •    Vanderbilt never trailed in the game, and the score tied just once, at 2-2.