Star Gazing: The week ahead for the Commodores

Jasmine Lister and the Commodores are off to a 3-1 start in SEC play.

Jan. 13, 2014

RECORD: 14-3, 3-1 SEC
CURRENT STREAK: Won two straight
NEXT GAME: at Ole Miss , Jan. 16, 6 p.m.

The Commodores have proven this season that they can handle adversity. Now they're out to prove they can handle success.

After upsetting No. 8/8 Tennessee on Sunday, the Commodores ride into this week with plenty of momentum -- and a good bit of national attention.

Vanderbilt broke into the AP poll on Monday, coming in at No. 24, and saw their star point guard, Jasmine Lister, named the Player of the Week by both the SEC and espnW.

Now, though, the celebration has given way to preparation, and the Commodores -- who have persevered through a rash of injuries -- have turned their attention to this week's challenges, when they will face two more SEC tests.

The Commodores roll into Oxford, Miss., on Thursday night to face the struggling Rebels (9-8, 0-3), who have opened their SEC slate with losses to Missouri, Tennessee and Alabama.

Ole Miss has, however, been solid at home this season, winning seven of nine games at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Tia Faleru has been a consistent bright spot for the Rebels. She is averaging 16.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and leads the ream in both categories. Vanderbilt will carry 4-2 road record into the contest, with wins over Hartford, James Madison, UAB and Auburn. The losses have come at Duke and South Carolina.

Having already knocked off two ranked opponents at home this season (Georgia and Tennessee), the Commodores will look to add a third victim to the list on Sunday when they face No. 14/13 LSU.

Tipoff is set for 1 p.m., and the game will be aired on SportSouth.

The game against LSU will include the "Jam the Gym" promotion at Memorial Gym, with tickets costing just $1. (Tickets can be purchased for that price in advance or at the ticket windows on game day).

Before the game, fans can visit the Kid Zone -- a designated play area for children that includes inflatables, cotton candy and more.

At halftime, fans can watch Mascot Basketball.

After the game, the Vanderbilt women players will be available for autographs on the floor at Memorial Gym.

Fans can also look for the T-shirt toss, gold shaker give-away and can get their Frequent-Fan card punched. After the game, the Vanderbilt players will thrown miniature basketballs into the stands.


Glad to be back: Vanderbilt's No. 24 ranking in this week's AP poll marks the Commodores first appearance in the poll since Week 3 of last season, when Vanderbilt was ranked No. 17. The Commodores fell out of the poll the following week.

Lister's big week: Lister has drawn plenty of accolades for her efforts last week against Tennessee and Auburn.

Lister, who scored 22 points in Vanderbilt's 74-63 comeback win over the No. 8/8 Lady Vols, was named espnW's Player of the Week on Sunday night and was named the SEC Player of the Week on Monday.

Against Tennessee, Lister scored seven straight points during a pivotal stretch in second half as Vanderbilt flipped a 10-point deficit into a double-digit win.

Lister also shined against Auburn earlier in the week. She produced her sixth career double-double with 23 points and 10 assists in Vanderbilt's 74-65 road victory, which marked the Commodores 21st straight win over the Lady Tigers.



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