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Star Gazing: The week ahead for the Commodores

Heather Bowe (left), Kylee Smith and the Commodores have a hectic week ahead.
Heather Bowe (left), Kylee Smith and the Commodores have a hectic week ahead.

Feb. 10, 2014

UPDATE ON THE DORES
RECORD: 17-5, 6-3 SEC
CURRENT STREAK: Won one
NEXT GAME: at Tennessee, Monday, 8 p.m.

HECTIC SCHEDULE
Last week, the Commodores had a little extra down time. This week, they'll have virtually none.

Monday's game against Tennessee represents the beginning of hectic stretch that will see the Commodores play three games in six days, including two road games.

After visiting Knoxville on Monday night, Vanderbilt comes home to host Auburn on Thursday (Feb. 13), then travels to Starkville on Sunday (Feb. 16) to face Miss. State.

At least the Commodores had a little time to rest up for the flurry of action. They didn't play from Jan. 31 through Feb. 9.

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 night in the second match-up of the season between the SEC rivals.

The Commodores downed the Tigers, 74-65, on Jan. 9 in Auburn.

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.

PROMOTIONS: "BRING A FRIEND" GAME ... AND WATCH FOR FALLING COWS
Thursday's game against Auburn is the annual "Bring a Friend" day at Memorial Gym.

Fans can can purchase an $8 ticket for a friend by calling Eric Bogle at (615)322-0235. Tickets must be purchased prior to the game.

The game will also feature the Rivergate Chik-fil-A cow drop, as stuffed miniature cows will parachute down from the ceiling.

ADDITIONAL PROMOTIONS
At halftime of Thursday's game, a group from the Vanderbilt campus -- called Bhangra -- will showcase their unique dancing style.

Fans can also look for the T-shirt toss, gold shaker give-away and can get their Frequent-Fan card punched. After the game, the Vanderbilt players will throw miniature basketballs into the stands.


 

 

MOVING ON UP
The Commodores moved up two spots in this week's AP poll, climbing to No. 16, when the rankings were released on Monday. It matches Vanderbilt's highest spot in the AP poll this season.

Vanderbilt has now been ranked in the AP poll for five 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. The Commodores then fell back two spots to No. 18 last week before returning to the No. 16 spot this week.

Vanderbilt has also been ranked in the USA Today poll, which comes on Tuesdays, in each of four three weeks. The Commodores were No. 25 in the poll released on Jan. 14, moved to No. 19 on Jan. 21, were ranked No. 18 on Jan. 28 and were No. 19 last week.

FOGGIE ADDED TO WADE WATCH LIST
Vanderbilt senior Christina Foggie was one of 10 players added to the "Wade Watch" list on Monday by the Wade Trophy Committee.

The Wade Trophy, named after the late, legendary three-time national champion Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.


Foggie entered Monday's game averaging 18.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Commodores.


Joining the preseason list of 25 Wade Watch hopefuls are Tiffany Bias of Oklahoma State, Hallie Christofferson of Iowa State, Foggie, Markeisha Gatling of N.C. State, Dearica Hamby of Wake Forest, Natasha Howard of Florida State, Alexis Jones of Duke, Tricia Liston of Duke, Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame, and Tiffany Mitchell of South Carolina.

FOGGIE, LISTER NAMED TO STALEY WATCH LIST
Senior guards Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie have each been named to the 2014 Dawn Staley Award watch list by the Phoenix Club of Philadelphia.


The winner will be announced during Final Four weekend in Nashville.


Vanderbilt is one of only two schools -- along with UConn -- to have two representatives on the list. (UConn teammates Breanna Stewart and Bria Hartley are both on the list).

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