Pair of area stars return as Vanderbilt routs Towson Freshmen Hammond, Holmes see little action

November 27, 1996|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

Last night's Vanderbilt-Towson State women's basketball game was the first time for Chavonne Hammond and Jennifer Holmes to show their families and friends what they've learned, and the results were decidedly mixed.

Hammond and Holmes, two Vanderbilt freshmen from Anne Arundel County, mostly watched as the seventh-ranked Commodores blitzed the Tigers, 77-45, at Towson Center.

Hammond, a 5-foot-11 swing-player who led Arundel to a state championship last year, had eight points in 14 minutes, including a tough basket in traffic late in the game, while Holmes, a 6-2 front-court player and all-county selection last season at Severna Park, was scoreless, but had six rebounds and a steal in limited action.

Still, the pair -- close friends who went to Vanderbilt together -- played like freshmen who have a lot to learn about college basketball.

"It's been a big adjustment, but we have our teammates to help pick us up. I played OK [last night]. Just OK," said Hammond.

Said Holmes: "It's a big challenge and we have a lot of growing up to do."

Their coach, Jim Foster, was a bit more philosophical.

"Chavonne's learning how to play the perimeter and Jennifer is learning to do things a little differently. They're getting better, but they are freshmen."

Junior Lisa Ostrom, a Gaithersburg native, upstaged Hammond and Holmes with a career-high 20 points to lead Vanderbilt (2-0) past a severely overmatched, but scrappy Towson team.

The Commodores, in the midst of a nine-day, season-opening trip, had a hard time getting untracked, thanks in part to a gritty effort by the Tigers.

For about 10 minutes of the first half, the Tigers (1-1) gave the listless Commodores a good game, ignoring the Vanderbilt full-court press and moving the ball along the perimeter crisply, taking a 12-10 lead on a 14-foot jumper from freshman Shniece Perry.

But as well as Towson executed the game plan, it was unable to hit shots and exploit Vanderbilt's sluggish early play.

The Tigers, who wanted to hit threes to draw the Commodores out of their customary 2-3 zone, made just one of 13 first-half three-point attempts and could only manage six points in the final 11: 28 of the half, shooting a miserable 20 percent from the field for the half.

"It's a good tune-up for what we'll face the rest of the season. We've got to put together some consistency," said Towson coach Ellen Fitzkee.

Pub Date: 11/27/96

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