Vanderbilt (4-13, 0-3 SEC) vs No. 12/13 Missouri (14-2, 2-1 SEC)
Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 | 7 PM CT | SEC Network+
Nashville, Tenn. (Memorial Gym)
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1. The Commodores are back in the friendly-confines of Memorial Gym when welcome No. 12/13 Missouri to the Nashville on Thursday at 7 pm CT. Vanderbilt is looking to snap its current three-game skid and to capitalize on a great showing against No. 7 Tennessee in Knoxville in its last outing. The game will be televised on SEC Network+. The Dores are searching for their first SEC win of the season and with a win will take a 4-3 lead in the series.
2. Vanderbilt dropped a heartbreaking, 86-73 contest to No. 7 Tennessee on the road on Sunday. The Commodores hung with the top 10 Lady Volunteers for 35 minutes before a 10-0 spell over the final five minutes put the game out of reach. Cierra Walker led the offense with 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting from long range and was joined in double figures by Christa Reed (16), Chelsie Hall (15) and Erin Whalen (10). Hall had a team-best eight rebounds.
3. Thursday’s meeting with the Tigers will be the first of two meetings between the teams. Entering Thursday, the series is deadlocked at 3-3 although Missouri won the last meeting in Nashville. The Commodores and Tigers have played close games in the last four meetings with the last four being decided by a combined 18 points and never more than two possessions. Vanderbilt last defeated Missouri in 2015-16, 56-52, in Columbia.
4. Cierra Walker had her best game of the season in enemy territory on Sunday. The Oregon native went for a season-high 20 points and tallied a career-best six three-point field goals. Walker was one bucket shy of a new career-best in points. The sophomore was so on fire, she was a perfect 6-of-6 entering the fourth quarter in Knoxville and was 5-of-5 from long range. Her streak is the best to-date of any Commodore this season.
5. Chelsie Hall extended her double figure scoring streak to five straight games after scoring 15 points in her first career-outing against Tennessee. Hall is leading the team in scoring with 14.0 points per game and has reached double figures in 12 contests this season. In her current five-game streak, Hall is averaging 18.6 points per game. Hall’s five-game streak, trails Rachel Bell’s eight-game streak from Iowa State (Dec. 2) through Georgia (Jan. 4).
Setting the Scene
-The Commodores are back in Memorial for the first of three straight home games when they host the No. 12/13 Missouri Tigers on Thursday night at 7 PM CT. The game will be Vanderbilt’s second consecutive game against a ranked opponent.
Last Time Out
-Vanderbilt dropped its third straight game with a heartbreaking 86-73 setback at the hands of No. 7 Tennessee. Cierra Walker led the offense with 20 points, including a career-best six three-pointers. Chelsie Hall added a career-best eight rebounds.
-Despite the valiant effort by the Commodores they remain winless in Thompson-Boling arena in 33 tries. Tennessee leads the all-time series, 69-9
-Missouri enters Thursday’s game with a 14-2, 2-1 SEC record after knocking off the defending national champions, South Carolina, 83-74 in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday. The Tigers bounced back after suffering a loss to LSU albeit without the services of Sophie Cunningham, who was out with a knee injury. Junior Sophie Cunningham leads the offense with 18.8 points per game while Cierra Porter leads the defense with 9.1 rebounds per game. Also in double figures for the Tigers are Jordan Frericks (11.5), Cierra Porter (10.3) and Amber Smith (10.0).
With A Win
-The Commodores will move to 5-13 on the season and will pick up their first SEC win of the season and take a 4-3 lead in the series between the teams.
-A win would also be Vanderbilt’s first win over a ranked opponent since the 2015-16 season when they knocked of then-No. 12 Kentucky on the road and the first home win over a ranked opponent since 2014-15 when the Dores defeated No. 14 Mississippi State.
Another Ranked Foe on Tap
The Commodores will be facing their second consecutive ranked opponent when Missouri comes to town. Vanderbilt is in a stretch where three of its next four opponents are ranked in the top-25. Vanderbilt squared off with No. 7/7 Tennessee in its last outing, faces No. 12/13 Missouri on Thursday and will host No. 9/8 on Thursday Jan. 18. On the season, Vanderbilt is 0-2 against ranked opponents. The Dores last knocked of a ranked foe in Memorial Gym in 2014-15 when they defeated then-No. 14 Mississippi State, 78-62. Vanderbilt’s last road win over a ranked foe was in 2015-16 when they defeated No. 12 Kentucky, 71-69, in Lexington. The last time Vanderbilt defeated a top 10 ranked team was in 2013-14 when Vanderbilt defeated the then-No. 8 ranked Lady Vols. Vanderbilt hasn’t last defeated a top-10 ranked team on the road in the last 10 seasons.
Walker For THREE …
Cierra Walker had one of her best games of the season against Tennessee. The Oregon native scored a season-best 20 points to go along with a career-best six three-point field goals. Walker was so on fire she was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field heading into the fourth quarter. Walker’s six three-pointers is one shy of the Rachel Bell’s season-best of seven set vs. Syracuse in the Paradise Jam in Nov.
Speaking of Threes
The Commodores hit fire from long range against the Lady Vols. Vanderbilt shot 50 percent from the three-point line (10-of-20) and hit double figures three-pointers for the first time in SEC play and the first time since nailing 12 against Syracuse in the Paradise Jam. For the season, the Commodores are shooting .384 percent from long range and are averaging 6.0 per game against SEC foes.
Hall With Strong Start to SEC Play
Chelsie Hall has had a strong start to SEC play averaging a team-leading 16.7 points per game through the first three games. Hall has reached double figures in each of the last five games and in 12 games this season. The Florida native is averaging a team best 14.0 points per game on the season and is the lone freshman to have started each game this season. During Hall’s current five-game double figures scoring streak she is averaging 18.6 points per game. Against Tennessee, Hall scored each of her 15 points in the second half.
Hall Hits the Glass
Chelsie Hall has posted a career-best eight rebounds against Tennessee. It marked her sixth game of five or more rebounds this season. On the year, Hall is averaging 3.7 rebounds per game.
Walker is Strong In Second Half
Walker, who is averaging 8.1 points per game and 1.8 three-point field goals per game, has scored 73 percent of her points in the second half this season. Walker is averaging 5.8 points in the second half compared to just 3.1 points in the first half.
Hall Leads the Way
Freshman Chelsie Hall is a freshman making an impact. Hall is one of three players that have started each game this season with the others being seniors Rachel Bell and Christa Reed. The Florida native is Vanderbilt’s leading scorer with 13.9 points per game. Hall has reached double figures in 12 games and has scored 15 or more on 10 occasions. Hall’s 14.0 points per game is second among SEC freshmen trailing Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter.
Bell and Hall are Better Together
Rachel Bell and Chelsie Hall are quite the scoring tandem for the Commodores. Hall is Vanderbilt’s leading scorer with 14.0 points per game while Bell is right behind her with 13.6 points per game. The pair have combined for 470 of Vanderbilt’s 1181 points this season which amounts to 40 percent of Vanderbilt’s scoring. The pair have combined to lead the team in scoring in 11 of 17 games this season.