NASHVILE, Tenn. - The College of Charleston women's basketball team got off to a strong start, but could not hold on as they fell 69-44 at Vanderbilt Saturday.
The Cougars initially trailed 8-2, but a three-pointer by senior Cathryn Hardy ignited a 9-2 run to put them up 11-10 at the 12:47 mark of the first half.
"I liked the way we fought back after being down early," CofC head coach Natasha Adair said. "We made some big shots, but could not contain Vanderbilt and we gave up too many layups."
CofC continued to keep the pressure on Vanderbilt as they led by as many as three points at 19-16, but the Commodores closed the half on a 13-2 run to lead 29-21 at the half.
In the second half Vanderbilt continued their momentum as they shot over 43 percent in the second half and had 22 points in the paint and 42 points in the paint for the game.
The Cougars forced Vanderbilt into 20 turnovers and scored 14 points off those turnovers versus Vanderbilt, who forced 17 turnovers and got 10 points off those turnovers.
The Cougars played their sixth all-time game against an SEC school, but have still not prevailed in those six matchups.
Up next the Cougars take time off for the holiday before returning home to host Richmond Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m.