Feb. 13, 2013
Interviews: Balcomb | Brown | Clarke | Smith
Scouting The Commodores
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team (15-8, 5-5 SEC) caps a three-game homestand on Thursday night when they face Missouri for the first time in program history. Vanderbilt is looking to rebound from a 75-53 loss to No. 10/8 Kentucky on Sunday which saw Tiffany Clarke score 20 points and grab nine rebounds. Clarke leads Vanderbilt in both categories, posting 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, totals which rank fourth and fifth in the SEC, respectively. Christina Foggie, Vanderbilt's second-leading scorer at 15.7 points per game, is currently out for 7-10 days with a knee injury sustained against the Wildcats. Next is Jasmine Lister at 11.1 per outing. Lister also averages 5.8 assists per game, third in the league. Most likely rounding out Melanie Balcomb's starting five are guards Elan Brown and Gabby Smith and forward Heather Bowe. Brown, a senior, is averaging 6.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with classmate Smith adding 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.Bowe, a freshman, is posting 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest. First off the bench are expected to be freshman guard Morgan Batey (1.5 ppg/1.6 rpg) and freshman forward Kendall Shaw (3.3 ppg/2.3 rpg). Sophomore guard Kady Schrann (6.7 ppg/2.3 rpg) is currently day-to-day with an ankle injury.
Scouting The Tigers
Missouri is 15-9, 6-4 in league play, during its inaugural SEC season. The Tigers are led in scoring by Morgan Eye at 13.7 points per game, despite the fact that Eye has yet to start a contest. Eye leads the nation in three-pointers per game, at 3.83 and is a 42.2% shooter from beyond the arc (92-218). Bri Kulas is averaging 13.5 points and a team-best 6.5 rebounds per game. Sydney Crafton is averaging 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest, while guard Lianna Doty is averaging 7.4 points and 5.00 assists per outing. The Tigers head to Nashville having won two-of-three, with wins over Florida and Tennessee before falling to Mississippi State. Robin Pingeton is in her third season as head coach at Mizzou.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Missouri
This is the first-ever meeting between Vanderbilt and Missouri in women's basketball.
Watching at Home
The game is available as part of the Vanderbilt All-Access package on VUCommodores.com.
On Deck - Tennessee
Vanderbilt travels east on Interstate 40 for a rematch with No. 12/10 Tennessee. Tipoff is set for 4:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on ESPN2. Note the 4:00 p.m. CT tipoff is a change from the originally published schedule.