Vanderbilt Opens Home SEC Play vs. Georgia

Jan. 3, 2018

Vanderbilt (4-11, 0-1 SEC) vs. Georgia (12-2, 0-1 SEC)
Thursday Jan. 4, 2018 | 7 PM | SECN+
Nashville, Tenn. (Memorial Gym)

Complete Game Notes (PDF) | Livestats | SECN+ Link

Starting Five

1. The Commodores will open the home version of the SEC slate on Thursday when they square off with Georgia on Thursday at 7 pm CT. The Commodores are looking to bounce back from an 85-65 setback in their SEC opener at Georgia and are looking for a win their SEC opener for the first time since 2013-14. A win would also be the first SEC home-opening win in the Stephanie White era. Vanderbilt is 26-12 all-time in SEC home openers.
2. Vanderbilt dropped an 85-65 contest to LSU in the SEC opener for both teams in Baton Rouge on Sunday The Commodores offense was paced by 19 points from Rachel Bell – her seventh straight game in double figures – while Chelsie Hall added 18 points. Autumn Newby paced the defense with seven rebounds. The loss was the fourth consecutive loss in an SEC opener for the Commodores who last won an opener in 2013-14.
3. Thursday’s meeting will be the 64th meeting between the teams with Georgia owning a 36-27 series advantage. The Commodores last defeated Georgia in overtime in the 2016 SEC Tournament, 54-49. Georgia has won four of the last five meetings between the squads. The last 10 meetings between the teams have been decided by an average of 9.0 ppg and the last three meetings have been decided by a combined 13 points, including a two-point Georgia win last season.

4. Rachel Bell and Chelsie Hall are quite the scoring tandem for the Commodores. Bell is Vanderbilt’s leading scorer with 14.7 points per game while Hall is right behind her with 13.7 points per game. The pair have combined for 426 of Vanderbilt’s 1056 points this season which amounts to 40 percent of Vanderbilt’s scoring. The pair have combined to lead the team in scoring in 10 of 15 games this season and in Vanderbilt’s last outing each played the full 40 minutes.

5. With her 19 points against LSU, Rachel Bell posted her seventh consecutive game in double figures. Bell has reached double digits in 11 games this season and her seven game streak is the longest for a Commodores this season. In the current seven-game stretch Bell is averaging 16.5 points per game and has reached 15 or more points in five of the seven-games including two games of 21 points vs. Louisville and NC State.

The Last Meeting
January 8, 2017
Athens, Ga.
Late shot lifts Georgia over Vanderbilt, 70-68
The Commodores lost a heartbreaker on the road on Sunday afternoon and fall to 0-3 in SEC.

Setting the Scene
-The Commodores host Georgia in their first home SEC game on Thursday at 7 pm in Memorial Gym. The Dawgs and Dores matchup will air on SEC Network+ with Kevin Ingram and Jessica Mooney Holman on the call.  

Last Time Out
-Vanderbilt dropped its fourth consecutive SEC opener with an 85-65 setback at LSU. Rachel Bell and Chelsie Hall led the offense with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Autumn Newby led the way on the glass with seven rebounds.

-With the win, LSU extended its series lead to 15-4 in games played in Baton Rouge. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 26-21.

Scouting Report
-Georgia enters Thursday’s game with a 12-2 record after suffering just their second loss of the season, 86-62 against No. 3 Mississippi State in their SEC opener on Sunday. The Dawgs are led by Mackenzie Engram who is averaging 12.3 points per game while Caliya Robinson is averaging 12.0 points per game and leads the way on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game. Georgia is a fairly balanced team with 11 of their 13 players averaging at least 3.4 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game. 

With A Win
-The Commodores will move to 5-11 on the season and will pick up a win in their SEC home opener for the first time since 2013-14 when they knocked of a ranked Georgia team.

-A win will give Vanderbilt its second win in the last three games and be its first SEC win of the season.  Vanderbilt is looking to top its four SEC wins from last season. 

Dores Open Home SEC Slate
After opening the 2018 SEC slate on the road at LSU on Sunday, the Dores will open their home slate against Georgia. The Commodores are 26-12 in home SEC openers since the league started awarding SEC women’s basketball championships in 1979-80. Vanderbilt is looking for a win in its home SEC opener for the first time since 2013-14 when they knocked off a ranked Georgia squad.   

Bell Makes It Seven Straight
With her team-best 19 points vs. LSU, senior Rachel Bell has been in double figures in seven consecutive games and is averaging 16.5 points per game through the last seven games. The senior is leading the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game and has reached double figures in 51 career games which amounts to nearly half of her games played in a Commodore uniform. 

Hall Swishes and Dishes
Chelsie Hall tallied 18 points in her first career SEC game against LSU and dished out a career-best six assists. Hall has reached double figures in each of the last three games and in 10 games this season. The Florida native is averaging 2.7 assists per game to lead the Commodores and has eight games of at least 3.0 assists. 

Walker is Strong In Second Half
Cierra Walker scored 11 points against LSU and had three three-point field goals … all in the second half. Walker, who is averaging 7.5 points per game and 1.6 three-point field goals per game, has scored 73 percent of her points in the second half this season. Walker is averaging 5.1 points in the second half compared to just 2.5 point in the first half. 

40 Minutes Strong
Rachel Bell and Chelsie Hall each played every second of Vanderbilt’s loss at LSU. It the first game this season the Commodores have had anyone play the entire contest.  



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