Balcomb Thursday Press Conference | Player Interviews
The No. 25 Vanderbilt women's basketball team (18-5, 6-4 SEC) plays host to No. 11/11 Tennessee (17-6, 8-2 SEC) on Thursday, February 9, at Memorial Gym. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. and the game can be seen on CSS and ESPN3.
Scouting The Commodores
No. 25 Vanderbilt enters the second of two annual showdowns with rival Tennessee riding a four-game winning streak in SEC play, including back-to-back road wins. Over the four game streak, the Commodores have had four different leading scorers, all with 20-plus point performances. Christina Foggie, who leads the SEC in scoring at 17.7 ppg, poured in 34 against No. 17/15 Georgia. Kady Schrann was next up with a career-high 29 points against LSU. Then it was the frontcourt's turn, as Tiffany Clarke recorded 26 points in a win at Auburn before Stephanie Holzer scored 21 in the win at Mississippi State. Holzer leads the team in rebounding at 7.4 boards per contest. The player not putting up high scoring numbers is Jasmine Lister, who is averaging 6.75 assists per contest over the four games. In addition, all five Vanderbilt starters are averaging better than 10.0 ppg during the streak.
Scouting The Lady Volunteers
No. 11/11 Tennessee visits West End coming off an 82-61 win over Auburn at home on Sunday, February 5. The Lady Vols are led by the combination of Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson, who are averaging 14.8 and 13.5 points per game. Johnson is nearly averaging a double-double with 9.5 rebounds per game, which is second in the SEC. Ariel Massengale runs the point and is averaging 4.5 assists per contest. Tennessee used incredible balance to pull away from Auburn. Johnson (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Stricklen (11 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles, while Massengale (14 points) and Meighan Simmons (13 points) were also in double-figures. Tennessee leads the SEC in rebounding margin (+8.6), while they are tied with Vanderbilt for the league lead in assist/turnover ratio (1.0).
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee - The Series
This will be the 66th meeting between Tennessee and Vanderbilt, with the Lady Vols holding a 58-7 edge in the series. Vanderbilt has faced Tennessee more than any other program in history. The first meeting came in the 1979-80 season, with UT taking a 77-53 win on West End. The first Commodore win came in 1984-85, an 84-77 win at Memorial. The teams have met at least twice a year each season since 1993-94. The most recent Commodore win came in the 2008-09 season, with Vanderbilt taking a 74-58 win in Music City. Lone senior Jordan Coleman is the only VU player remaining from that game and she did not see action in the contest. Tennessee took an 84-67 victory in Knoxville earlier this season. Christina Foggie scored 27 points in the contest, which saw Vanderbilt trail by just three (39-36) at the half. Shekinna Stricklen led UT with 20 points. UT leads the series 22-5 at Memorial Gym.
The Commodores get back on the road for their second meeting of the year with Georgia on Sunday, February 12. Tipoff in Athens, Ga., is set for 1:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on the SEC Network.