Jan. 18, 2013
Scouting The Commodores
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team (13-4, 3-1 SEC) looks to improve upon a 5-2 road record on Sunday when it visits LSU. The Commodores are led by Tiffany Clarke and Christina Foggie, who are averaging 15.8 and 15.3 points per game, respectively. Clarke also pulls down a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 57.3% from the field, a mark which ranks 12th in the nation and second in the SEC. Foggie is one of the top three-point threats in the nation, averaging 2.9 three-pointers per game which is 22nd nationally. Joining them in the starting lineup is one of the best point guards in the nation, Jasmine Lister. In addition to 12.2 points per game, Lister is averaging 6.2 assists per contest (20th in NCAA, 2nd in SEC) and has an assist/turnover ratio of 2.3 (22nd in NCAA, 5th in SEC) while playing more minutes than anyone in the Southeastern Conference (34.8 per game). Expected to round out Head Coach Melanie Balcomb's starting five are Elan Brown and Kady Schrann. Brown is averaging 6.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, in addition to a team-best 1.6 steals. Schrann posts 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57.3% from the field. First off the bench for the Commodores will be Heather Bowe (5.8 ppg/4.4 rpg), Gabby Smith (2.3 ppg/1.4 rpg), Morgan Batey (2.0 ppg/1.6 rpg) and Rayte'a Long (2.3 ppg/1.3 rpg).
Scouting The Lady Tigers
LSU (11-7, 2-3 SEC) hosts Vanderbilt coming off a 66-59 loss at No. 19/18 South Carolina. The Lady Tigers are led by four players averaging double-figures on the season. At the top of the pack is Theresa Plaisance at 17.8 points per game, second in the Southeastern Conference. Plaisance also pulls down a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. Danielle Ballard is next at 13.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, followed by Adrienne Webb at 13.6 points per game. Bianca Lutley rounds-out the group at 10.8 points and 3.1 assists per game. Jeanne Kenny leads the team in assists at 4.5 per outing. Plaisance led the charge against the Gamecocks, scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Lutley and Webb added 16 and 14, respectively. The Lady Tigers have been very impressive at home this season, posting a 9-1 mark with the lone loss an overtime defeat at the hands of Tulane.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. LSU
Sunday will be the 41st meeting between the Commodores and Lady Tigers, with Vanderbilt holding a 23-17 edge in a series that has been controlled by the home team. The first meeting came in Baton Rouge in 1985-86, with LSU taking a 91-80 decision. The Lady Tigers won the first four meetings before Vanderbilt won its first game in the 1988-89 season at Memorial Gym. All-time, LSU leads the series 11-4 in Baton Rouge (with VU holding a 12-3 edge in Nashville). The teams split two games last season, with each team holding serve on their home courts. Vanderbilt took an 81-72 victory at Memorial behind a career-best 29 points from Kady Schrann. LSU got revenge with a 69-66 win in Baton Rouge, led by 20 points from LaSondra Barrett. LSU is looking to win back-to-back games in the series for the first time since 2004-06.
On Deck - Tennessee
Vanderbilt will host its most common opponent in program history on Thursday, January 24, when No. 9/9 Tennessee travels to Nashville. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT at Memorial Gym and the game can be seen on SportSouth. The game is part of the University's Employee Celebration (for info, visit vanderbilt.edu/employeecelebration) and the Red Panda Acrobat will perform at halftime.