Women's Basketball
Another challenge awaits Commodores

Morgan Batey and the Commodores host Texas A&M on Sunday.
Morgan Batey and the Commodores host Texas A&M on Sunday.

Jan. 31, 2014

Sunday's game
No. 17/15 Texas A&M (17-5, 7-1 SEC) at No. 16/18 Vanderbilt (16-5, 5-3)

Date: Sunday, Feb. 2
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: Memorial Gym (Nashville, Tenn.)
Promotions: Pink Out game
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
TV: Fox SportSouth (Dave Neal, Daymeon Fishback)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 615-322-GOLD, visiting the McGugin Center Ticket Office or logging on to vucommodores.com. Any fans wearing pink can purchase a ticket for just $1. Live Stats: View

TOUGH LOSSES
Vanderbilt enters today's game on a two-game losing streak after suffering a 61-57 loss to South Carolina last Sunday at home and falling to Missouri 59-54 on the road on Thursday.
Both games were decided in the final 30 seconds.
This is only the second time this season that the Commodores have lost two straight games, and today, they will be looking to avoid their first three-game skid of the year.
In Thursday's game against Missouri, the Commodores trailed by 16 points early in the second half but charged back to cut it to 55-54 after a three-point play by Kylee Smith with 52 seconds left.
Vanderbilt then had the ball with a chance to take the lead, but a traveling call gave the ball back to the Tigers, and Missouri hit four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to win it.
The Commodores endured an uncharacteristically poor shooting night, finishing at 22.2 percent from the floor. They entered the game ranked No. 2 in the conference in field goal percentage..

THINK PINK
In what is always a meaningful day for the the Vanderbilt women's basketball program and its fans, the Commodores are hosting their annual Pink Out festivities -- which help promote the fight against breast cancer -- on Sunday.
Fans who wear pink can purchase tickets for $1.
New York Life is the presenting sponsor of this year's Pink Out game , and the festivities are being held before, during and after the game. The first 700 fans through the doors at Memorial Gym received pink T-shirts. Pink shakers, buttons and cheer cards are also being given away. .

SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
The Aggies (17-5, 7-1) come into to today's game tied with the South Carolina for first place in the SEC, and have posted a perfect 4-0 mark in SEC road games. Their lone loss in conference play came at home against Tennessee.
The Aggies are one of the best defensive teams in the SEC.
They are limiting opponents to 34 percent shooting from the floor (second lowest in the conference) and 55.5 points per game (which ranks third in the conference and 11th in the nation). They are also averaging five blocks per game (second in the SEC).
Courtney Walker leads the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game and Courtney Williams is averaging 13.2 points. Karla Gilbert leads the team in rebounding, averaging 7.8 per game.

SIZING UP THE SERIES
Today's game marks the fifth all-time meeting between the Commodores and Aggies in a series that dates back to the 1995-96 season.
Vanderbilt owns a 3-1 lead in the series, including a 2-0 mark in games played in Nashville.
The teams faced off twice last season -- during the Aggies' first season in the SEC -- with each team winning on its home floor. Texas A&M posted a 60-52 win on Jan. 31 in College Station, and Vanderbilt won 61-51 in Nashville on Feb. 24..

LISTER'S LEGACY
Senior guard Jasmine Lister became Vanderbilt's all-time leader in minutes played on Thursday night during the game against Missouri.
Lister played all 40 minutes of the game, bringing her career total to 4,260 minutes and enabling her to surpass former Vanderbilt record holder Zuzi Klimesova, who played 4,249 minutes in her career from 1999-02. .

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.
Vanderbilt has gone 3-3 against ranked opponents this season, with wins over Georgia, Tennessee and LSU. The losses have come against South Carolina (twice) and Duke.

 

 

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