Commodores face Georgia in SEC opener

Heather Bowe and the Commodores are ready to tipoff SEC play.

Jan. 1, 2014

Thursday's game
Georgia (12-1, 0-0 SEC) at Vanderbilt (11-2, 0-0 SEC)

Jan. 2
Time: 8 p.m. CT
Location: Nashville, Tenn., Memorial Gym
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
TV: CSS (Bernie Guenther, Steffi Sorensen)
Live Stats: View
Game Notes:

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The holidays are over, and so are the non-conference games. Now, it's time to get down to business.

The Vanderbilt women's basketball team, winners of eight straight games, open their SEC schedule on Thursday night with a matchup against No. 19/18 Georgia.

The contest, which tips off at 8 p.m., is being broadcast on CSS and will be live-streamed on and

The Commodores (11-2) and Lady Dogs (12-1) are both projected to be among the top-tier teams in the conference this season and the match-up is likely to be explosive. Vanderbilt comes into the game averaging 82.1 points per game, and Georgia is averaging 70.9.

The Lady Bulldogs have four players averaging double figures: Tiaria Griffin leads the team at 14.2 points per game, followed by Shacobia Barbee (12.5 ppg), Khaalidah Miller (11.4 ppg) and Erika Ford (10.1 ppg).

Vanderbilt's firepower is fueled by senior guard Christina Foggie, who leads the SEC with her 18.8 points per game. Fellow senior guard Jasmine Lister is averaging 15 ppg.

Georgia wrapped up its non-conference with an 82-60 victory over Illinois last Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs opened the season with 11 straight wins before suffering their first -- and thus far, only -- setback with a 61-58 loss at Rutgers on Dec. 21.

Vanderbilt's most recent action was an 87-76 win at UAB on Dec. 30. Foggie led the way with 29 points.

Heather Bowe added 15 points in the win and Jasmine Lister had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Morgan Batey pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and freshman Marqu'es Webb had 10 points while playing in front of a large number of friends and family in her home state.

Foggie was the central figure of the win, as she scored 18 of her 29 points in the second half. It was her second straight 29-point road outing -- she also reached that mark at James Madison on Dec. 18 -- and she's averaging 21 points per game in Vanderbilt's four road contests this year.

Today's matchup is the 58th all-time meeting between Vanderbilt and Georgia. The Lady Dogs own a 32-25 advantage in the series, but the Commodores have gone 12-7 against Georgia since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002-03.

Vanderbilt has won eight of the past 11 meetings between the teams, and has won four straight against UGA in Nashville.

The most recent matchup between the teams came last March, when Georgia defeated Vanderbilt, 55-50, in Athens in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Vanderbilt is still without the services of freshman star Rebekah Dahlman, who is out indefinitely after undergoing two procedures to dissolve a blood clot in December.

No timetable has been set for Dahlman's return, and she will continue to be evaluated.

The freshman guard started the first nine games this season, averaging 11.4 points per game. Dahlman led the SEC and ranked 10th in the nation in 3-point percentage at 51.4 percent (18-of-35) at the time of her injury..



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