Top-25 showdown highlights Jam the Gym day
Jan. 18, 2014
For the Vanderbilt women's basketball team, the scenario is becoming routine.
Another home game, another ranked opponent.
But this time, there is a new twist: The Commodores have a number attached their name, too.
Vanderbilt broke into the AP and USA Today polls last week, and the No. 24/25 Commodores will put those rankings on the line Sunday when they face the No. 14/14 LSU at 1 p.m.
It will be Vanderbilt's third home game against a ranked opponent in the past 2½ weeks. The Commodores opened SEC play with a 66-58 home win over Georgia on Jan. 2, when the Lady Bulldogs were ranked No. 19/18.
Last Sunday, Vanderbilt rallied past No. 8/8 Tennessee by erasing a 10-point deficit and posting a 74-63 win.
The Tigers come into today's game having won five of their past six games. Their lone loss in that stretch -- and only SEC defeat -- was a 52-48 home loss to Texas A&M on Jan. 9.
LSU has three players averaging double figures in scoring: Theresa Plaisance (13.7 points per game), Jeanne Kenney (11.4) and Raigyne Moncrief (10.8). Plaisance is the team's leading rebounder, at 7.0 boards per game.
The Tigers have relied on steady outside shooting. They are shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range, which ranks second (behind Vanderbilt).
SIZING UP THE SERIES
Today's game marks the 42nd all-time meeting between the Commodores and Tigers in a series that dates back to the 1985-86 season.
Vanderbilt owns a 23-18 lead in the series, although LSU has won two straight against the Commodores.
Prior to that, Vanderbilt had won three in a row against LSU and seven of the previous nine.
Today is the annual "Jam the Gym" game at Memorial Gym, with students admitted free and all other tickets being sold for just $1.
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, and after the game, the Vanderbilt women players will be available for autographs on the floor at Memorial Gym.
HARD TO GUARD
Opposing defenses are finding out that the Commodores are difficult to defend -- from outside the arc or inside it.
Coming into today's game, Vanderbilt ranks first in the SEC and third in the nation in 3-point percentage at 41.7 percent. Vanderbilt also leads the SEC and ranks fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage (48.6).
LISTER DRAWS NATIONAL ATTENTION
Senior guard Jasmine Lister played an instrumental role in last Sunday's upset of Tennessee, and she is drawing plenty of accolades for her performance.
Lister, who scored 22 points in Vanderbilt's comeback win over the No. 8/8 Lady Vols, was named the Player of the Week by espnW, the SEC and USBWA.
Lister had 22 points and five assists in the Commodores' 74-63 win over the Lady Vols. She 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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