Feb. 2, 2013
Scouting The Commodores
Vanderbilt women's basketball (14-7, 4-4 SEC) returns home to host Ole Miss on Sunday. The Commodores are coming off a 60-52 setback at No. 16/16 Texas A&M. Tiffany Clarke continues to lead Vanderbilt in scoring and rebounding. The senior forward is averaging 16.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, totals that both rank fourth in the Southeastern Conference. Clarke is also shooting 55.4% from the field, second in the league and 17th in the nation. Christina Foggie is second on the team in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Foggie also leads the team in steals with 1.9 per game. Fellow junior guard Jasmine Lister is averaging 11.2 points per game and 6.2 assists per game, second in the conference. Senior guard Elan Brown has stared all 21 games this season and averages 6.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per outing. Rounding out the starting five on Sunday at A&M was freshman forward Heather Bowe, how is averaging 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. First off the bench for Head Coach Melanie Balcomb was sophomore guard Kady Schrann (7.0 points/2.4 rebounds), senior guard Gabby Smith (2.0 points/1.3 rebounds) and freshman guard Morgan Batey (1.7 points/1.5 rebounds).
Scouting The Rebels
Ole Miss is coming off a 77-66 loss to Arkansas Thursday night. Tia Faleru and Diara Moore each scored 14 points against the Razorbacks while Valencia McFarland added 11 points, eight rebound s and six assists. Ole Miss is led by Tia Faleru (12.1 points per game), Valencia McFarland (11.7 points per game) and Diara Moore (11.3 points per game). Courtney Marbra leads the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game followed by Danielle McCray who is averaging 5.1 rebounds per game. Brett Frank is in his first year as acting head coach for the Rebels. He has a career record of 8-13 overall and 1-7 in the SEC.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss
Vanderbilt and Ole Miss will be meeting for the 43rd time on Sunday afternoon, with Vanderbilt holding a 27-15 edge in the series. The first meeting came in 1977-78, with Ole Miss taking an 85-64 win at Memorial Gym. The teams have met at least once annually since 1983. The Commodores have won 17 of the last 21 in the series, dating back to 1994-95. This is the second meeting between the teams this season. Vanderbilt took a 76-57 win in Oxford, Miss., on January 6. Tiffany Clarke and Jasmine Lister both had double-doubles in the win. Clarke posted 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Lister contributed 13 points and 10 assists. Kady Schrann (15 points) and Christina Foggie (13 points) were also in double-figures. Diara Moore led Ole Miss with 15 points.
Watching at Home
The Ole Miss game can be seen as part of Vanderbilt All-Access on VUCommodores.com. It can also be heard on the radio in Nashville on WNSR 560 AM with Charlie Mattos on the call.
On Deck - Kentucky
The Commodores will enjoy their second bye of the season on Thursday before hosting No. 8/7 Kentucky next Sunday, February 10. The game is set for 3:00 p.m. CT. It is Vanderbilt's annual Pink Out game to raise awareness for the Play4Kay initiative and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The game also marks the first of three national television appearances on ESPN2 for the Commodores this season.
At The Game
The Ole Miss game serves as Vanderbilt's annual women's basketball reunion. In addition to alumni returning, the team will also honor the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Final Four Team. 200 fans will receive posters featuring this year's team and the Final Four squad.
As is the case with all Sunday SEC home games, the pregame Kids Zone will open in the practice gym of Memorial at 12:30 p.m. There will also be postgame autographs with the team on the floor.