Scores

Final

Lipscomb 45

(21-11, 15-5 A-Sun)

Vanderbilt 76

(25-7, 8-6 SEC)

1:30 PM ET, March 20, 2004

McKenzie Arena, Chattanooga, Tennessee

1 2 T
LIP 21 2445
VAN 36 4076

Top Performers

Lipscomb: C. Boynton 8 Pts, 6 Reb

Vanderbilt: J. Benningfield 23 Pts, 11 Reb

Benningfield leads Vandy past Lipscomb

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Jenni Benningfield had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help Vanderbilt beat Lipscomb 76-45 in the first round of the Midwest Regional on Saturday.

The second-seeded Commodores (25-7) play 10th-seeded Chattanooga in the second round Monday.

Vanderbilt had little trouble winning its ninth straight, continuing a hot streak that powered them to the Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

The 15th-seeded Lady Bison (20-12), formerly in the NAIA, earned their first tournament berth in their first year of eligibility by winning the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

Ashley Earley added 18 points and Abi Ramsey had 15 for the Commodores, who held Lipscomb to 30 percent shooting from the field.

Courtney Boynton and Katie Beth Pate each had eight points to pace the Lady Bison.

Vanderbilt and Lipscomb, both located in Nashville, traveled about 120 miles here, and their fans followed.

After Lipscomb led 4-0, the Commodores went on a 20-3 run to go ahead by 13 early in the first half.

The Lady Bison trimmed the lead to five when Lynn Roller hit a 3 to cap a 10-2 run.

Vanderbilt quickly extended the lead to 10. The closest Lipscomb got afterward was 27-19 with 3:19 remaining in the first half.

After the Commodores went up by 24 with about three minutes left, the Vanderbilt fans yelled "Final Four" as the band played.

If Vanderbilt and No. 1 seed Tennessee keep winning, the two would play in the regional final for a spot in New Orleans.

Vanderbilt's winning streak started after a 94-88 home loss to the Lady Vols on Feb. 15.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LIP
VAN
Points 45 76
FG Made-Attempted 16-54 (.296) 28-64 (.438)
3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 4-18 (.222)
FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 16-21 (.762)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 10 (0/0)

Game Leaders

 
LIP
VAN
PointsC. Boynton 8J. Benningfield 23
ReboundsK. Pate 10J. Benningfield 11

Series

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