Jan. 28, 2014
No. 16/18 Vanderbilt (16-4, 5-2 SEC) at Missouri (13-7, 2-5)
Date: Thursday, Jan. 30
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
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The phrase "been there, done that" won't apply to the No. 16/19 Commodores on Thursday night.
When Vanderbilt visits Columbia, Mo., to take on the Tigers in a mid-week SEC clash, it will mark the first time that the Vanderbilt women's team has ever played a game on the Missouri campus.
Last year, during Missouri's first season in the SEC, the Commodores faced the Tigers twice twice -- once in Nashville and once on a neutral site.
Vanderbilt won both meetings, posting a 62-46 win in Nashville during the regular season and a 53-40 win over the Tigers in the SEC tournament in Duluth, Ga.
TOP OF THE CHARTS
Thursday night's matchup will feature the top two scorers in the SEC -- Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie and Missouri's Bri Kulas.
Foggie is averaging 19.5 points per game, and has scored in double figures in 18 of Vanderbilt's 20 games. She is averaging 20.6 points per game in SEC games, and is shooting 51 percent from the floor (51-of-100).
Kulas is averaging 18.8 points per game and has led Missouri in scoring in 12 of 20 games this season. Her season high is 27 points -- a number she has reached three times this season.
The Tigers come into the game on a downswing, having lost four straight games and six of their past nine. They opened the season with seven straight wins, but have gone 6-7 in their past 13 games.
Missouri, which has posted a 9-3 mark at home this season, will bring a 2-5 conference record into Thursday's game. The Tigers opened SEC play with an impressive road win over Ole Miss on Jan. 2, and then beat Georgia at home one week later on Jan. 9. But Missouri has since lost four straight, falling to Kentucky, LSU, Texas A&M and Miss. St.
Missouri is averaging 72.9 points per game and surrendering 64.2 points per game. Bri Kulas (18.8 ppg) leads the team in scoring, and Morgan Eye is also averaging double figures at 12 ppg.
Jordan Frericks is the top rebounder at 8.1 rpg.
BOUNCE BACK MODE
The Commodores enter Thursday's game looking to bounce back from Sunday's heartbreaker against No. 7/8 South Carolina at Memorial Gym.
In a matchup of two of the top teams in the SEC, the Commodores suffered a 61-57 setback that ended their four-game winning streak.
The game was tied 55-55 with 1:20 to play before South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell scored back-to-back baskets to help the Gamecocks earn the win.
It was only the second loss since Nov. 22 for Vanderbilt -- and both have come against South Carolina.
LOOKING AHEAD: PINK OUT SET FOR FEB. 2
The Vanderbilt program will help promote the fight against breast cancer on Sunday when the Commodores hold their annual Pink Out festivities during the game against Texas A&M.
New York Life is the presenting sponsor of this year's Pink Out game.
The first 700 fans through the doors at Memorial Gym will receive pink T-shirts, and pink shakers will be given away. Also be on the look out for the Commodores themselves to incorporate some pink into their color scheme of their uniforms they'll be wearing Sunday.
THE NUMBERS BY THEIR NAME
The Commodores maintained their No. 16 ranking in this week's AP poll that was released on Monday, and moved up one spot, from No. 19 to 18, in the USA Today poll that was released on Tuesday.
It is the third consecutive week the Commodores have earned a spot in the two polls.
They broke into the AP poll on Jan. 13, coming in at No. 24, and then zoomed up eight spots in last week's rankings.
Vanderbilt moved into the USA Today poll on Jan. 14, coming in at No. 25, and climbed up six spots last week to No. 19.