Rumble in the ranks

Jasmine Jenkins and the Commodores host South Carolina on Sunday.

Jan. 23, 2014

Sunday's game
No. 10/11 South Carolina (17-2, 5-1 SEC) at No. 16/19 Vanderbilt (16-3, 5-1 SEC)

Sunday, Jan. 26
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: Memorial Gym (Nashville, Tenn.)
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
TV: ESPN2 (Joe Davis, Katie Smith)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 615-322-GOLD, visiting the McGugin Center Ticket Office or logging on to Tickets will also be available at the ticket windows on game day.
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As if facing a Top-10 opponent wasn't motivation enough, the No. 16/19 Commodores (16-3, 5-1) will have several other incentives on Sunday when they host South Carolina (17-2, 5-1) at 1 p.m. at Memorial Gym.
Such as:
** Vanderbilt will be looking to extend a four-game winning streak.
** The Commodores will be trying to register their fourth win over a ranked foe in conference play, having already defeated Georgia, Tennessee and LSU.
** And, perhaps most importantly, Vanderbilt will be looking for revenge. Three weeks ago, the Gamecocks handed the Commodores their only SEC loss by posting a 76-66 win on Jan. 5 in Columbia, S.C.

The Gamecocks come into this weekend's game with some impressive defensive numbers. They lead the conference in blocked shots (6.7 per game), and are allowing just 52 points per game, which ranks second in the conference and third in the nation.
On the other end of the floor, South Carolina ranks second in the league in field goal percentage at 48.3 percent, trailing only Vanderbilt's 48.7.
South Carolina has three players averaging double figures in scoring: Tiffany Mitchell (15.4), Aleighsa Welch (13.8) and Alaina Coats (12.0).
Coats, who leads the team in rebounding at 8.1 per game, played a key role in South Carolina's win over Vanderbilt earlier this month. After the Commodores had rallied to trim a 17-point deficit down to eight, Coats scored back-to-back baskets in the paint to push the Gamecocks lead back to double figures and essentially end any hopes of a Commodores comeback.

The Commodores are promoting the "We Back Pat" initiative on Sunday.
"We Back Pat" is a week-long national campaign that helps raise awareness of Alzheimer's Disease and is named in honor of Tennessee coaching legend Pat Summit.
This year's celebration began last Sunday and ends this weekend.
Vanderbilt fans are encouraged to wear purple Sunday to show their support, and purple ribbons will be given to those in attendance at Memorial Gym.
Throughout the week, SEC member institutions have offered support of The Pat Summitt Foundation during home games. At every SEC women's game -- 19 games in 13 cities -- a variety of efforts including promotional public address announcements and video endorsements have helped to increase awareness.

Sunday's matchup is the 32nd all-time meeting between the teams in a series that dates back to the 1990-91 season. South Carolina has won four straight against Vanderbilt, although the Commodores own a 21-10 lead in the series.
Vanderbilt has gone 9-6 against the Gamecocks since head coach Melanie Balcomb's arrival in 2002-03.
South Carolina has won five of the past six games against the Commodores. Prior to that, Vanderbilt had beaten South Carolina eight consecutive times (spanning from the 2002-03 season to 2008-09).

Senior guard Jasmine Lister added to her collection of honors this week when she was named the national Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Lister, who has made 117 consecutive starts during her career at Vanderbilt, earned the honor after scoring 25 points in last week's win over LSU.
The previous week, Lister was named the national Player of the Week by both espnW and the USBWA, and was also the SEC Player of the Week.



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