NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Christina Wirth scored a career-high 24 points to lead Vanderbilt (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) to a 98-61 victory over Arkansas (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) on Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.
Vanderbilt (14-1) made 11 of its first 16 shots and five of its first six 3-pointers to race to a 38-18 lead with 3:06 left in the first half. Wirth scored 16 points in the first half and made three straight 3-pointers.Vanderbilt's lead grew to 30 at 73-43 with 11:27 left on a layup by Jennifer Risper. The margin reached 40 with 4:08 to go on a layup by Jessica Mooney.The Commodores shot 61.7 percent from the field and made nine of 13 3-pointers. The Lady Razorbacks shot 30.4 percent and made only two of 14 3-point shots.Caroline Williams added 15 points for Vanderbilt and Dee Davis had 13 points and seven assists. Donica Cosby led Arkansas (15-2) with 15 points.