Star Gazing: The week ahead for the Commodores

Morgan Batey and the Commodores are ranked No. 18 in this week's AP poll.

Feb. 4, 2014

RECORD: 17-5, 6-3 SEC
NEXT GAME: at Tennessee, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.

For the Vanderbilt players, this week's routine will be a little different.

No games. Just practices, classes and workouts ... and a little bit of extra rest.

The No. 18/18 Commodores, who posted a 71-69 win over No. 17/15 Texas A&M on Sunday, don't hit the floor for another game until traveling to Knoxville on Monday (Feb. 10) to face rival Tennessee.

It is Vanderbilt's longest stretch between games since the final week of non-conference play, when the Commodores didn't play from Dec. 22 to Dec. 29.

After posting a 1-1 record last week -- falling to Missouri, 59-54, on the road on Thursday night before rebounding with Sunday's win over Texas A&M -- the Commodores dropped two spots in the AP poll, falling from No. 16 to 18, when the rankings were released on Monday.

Vanderbilt has now been ranked in the AP poll for four consecutive weeks. The Commodores broke into the poll at No. 24 on Jan. 13, moved up to No. 16 on Jan. 20 and remained in that spot on Jan. 27.

Vanderbilt has also been ranked in the USA Today poll, which comes on Tuesdays, in each of past three weeks. The Commodores were No. 25 in the poll released on Jan. 14, moved to No. 19 on Jan. 21 and were No. 18 last week.

When Vanderbilt visits Knoxville on Monday, it will be the second matchup between the in-state rivals this season.

The Commodores upset the Lady Vols, 74-63, on Jan. 12 in Nashville, marking the third time in the past six seasons that Vanderbilt has defeated Tennessee at Memorial Gym.

The Lady Vols have played well since last month's loss to Vanderbilt, winning five straight SEC games and going 5-1 overall (with the lone loss coming to Notre Dame).

The Commodores have gone 3-2 since the win over Tennessee, with victories over Ole Miss, LSU and Texas A&M, and losses to South Carolina and Missouri.

NEXT HOME GAME: vs. Auburn, Feb. 13
The Commodores, who own a 12-2 record on their home floor this season, host Auburn on Thursday, Feb. 13.

It will be Vanderbilt's first mid-week game at Memorial Gym in roughly six weeks, dating back to the Commodores' win over Georgia on Jan. 2 in their SEC opener. Each of Vanderbilt's past four home games have been played on Sunday.

Vanderbilt will be facing Auburn for the second time this season. The Commodores downed the Tigers, 74-65, on Jan. 9 in Auburn.

Morgan Batey had a game to remember against Texas A&M.

The sophomore from Atlanta scored a career-high 17 points, including knocking down the game-winning free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining in the 71-69 victory.

Batey finished 5-of-7 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the foul line while easily surpassing her previous career high of 11 points. She also pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

When it comes to playing time in a Commodores uniform, Jasmine Lister is second to none. The senior guard became Vanderbilt's all-time leader in minutes played during Thursday's road loss to 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 in her career from 1999-02.



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