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Feb. 18, 2007

Recap | Box Score | Quotes

Final Score: No. 12 Vanderbilt 83, South Carolina 65
Updated Team Records: South Carolina (15-13; 5-8 SEC), Vanderbilt (23-4; 9-3 SEC)
Next Up For South Carolina: vs. Mississippi State (16-10; 6-5 SEC)* :: Sunday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. at the Colonial Center

* Record entering Sunday

With Vanderbilt’s win over South Carolina Sunday…
:: The Commodores extended their winning streak over the Gamecocks to six games, with South Carolina’s last win over Vanderbilt a 66-57 triumph in 2003. :: The Gamecocks can be seeded no higher than seventh at the SEC Tournament, played in Duluth, Ga., from March 1-4. :: The Gamecocks slipped to 0-8 vs. ranked opponents this year.

:: Lakesha Tolliver
…Saw her streak of 20 consecutive games with a blocked shot come to an end Sunday.

:: Melanie Johnson…
…Scored 14 points Sunday, marking her 10 double-figure scoring game of the season and the 34th double-figure scoring game of her career.

:: Iva Sliskovic…
…Scored six points Sunday to increase her career scoring total to 969 points.

Carolina Record Watch
:: With eight points Sunday, Lauren Simms moved up three spots on South Carolina’s career scoring chart and is now in sole possession of 21st place on the list with 1,063 career points.
:: With one three-pointer Sunday, Stacy Booker moved into a tie for eighth place on South Carolina’s career three-pointers made list with Shaunzinski Gortman, who drained 111 treys from 1998-2002.
:: As a team, the Gamecocks grabbed 24 offensive rebounds Sunday to extend the school record they have set this year. Carolina has collected 505 offensive boards this season.

:: South Carolina Head Coach Susan Walvius went with an all-senior starting lineup Sunday, going with the three-guard set of Lea Fabbri, Lauren Simms and Shannel Harris in the backcourt and Iva Sliskovic and Larissa Kulcsar in the frontcourt.

:: South Carolina missed eight of its first nine attempts from the field and in doing so, allowed Vanderbilt to race out to a 13-2 lead to start the game. The Commodores, meanwhile, converted on 13 of their first 18 attempts from the field (.722 pct.) The Commodores took a 45-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. The 21 points separating the two teams marked Carolina’s third-largest halftime deficit of the year, as the Gamecocks trailed by 26 going into the locker room at Tennessee (37-11) and were down 25 at intermission at Georgia (46-21). The Commodores converted on 17-of-26 field goal attempts in the first half (.654 pct), the highest first-half percentage for any South Carolina opponent this season.

:: Vanderbilt drained 28-of-46 field goal attempts in the game (.609 pct), marking the highest percentage yielded by the Gamecocks this year.

:: Vanderbilt’s Caroline Williams drained six three-pointers against the Gamecocks Sunday, representing the highest total for a South Carolina opponent this year and the most against the Gamecocks since Florida’s Brandi McCain knocked down seven treys against the Gamecocks in 2001.

:: By virtue of Kentucky’s 87-60 win over Arkansas earlier in the day, South Carolina can finish no lower than ninth in the SEC Tournament seedings.