Feb. 15, 2014
No. 16/20 Vanderbilt (17-6, 6-5) at Miss. State (16-9, 3-8)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 16
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: Starkville, Miss.
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
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ONE AWAY FROM HISTORY
Christina Foggie's next 3-pointer will be a historic one.
The Vanderbilt senior enters today's game tied with former Commodore
standout Merideth Marsh for the most career 3-pointers -- 256 -- in the program's history.
Foggie tied the record during Thursday's loss to Auburn when she hit her second 3-pointer of the night at the 8:30 mark of the second half.
Foggie finished with a game-high 24 points -- with 23 coming after halftime -- and climbed into the Top-10 on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list with 1,613 points in her career.
She surpassed former Commodore legendary players Heidi Gillingham and Christina Wirth while moving into ninth place.
The No. 16/20 Commodores enter today's game looking to break out of a funk that has featured four losses in the past five games.
Vanderbilt is shooting just 37.7 percent from the floor, including 31.5 percent from 3-point range, in those five games and is averaging only 59.4 points per contest.
Those numbers are uncharacteristic for the Commodores, who have ranked among the leaders in the nation in the field goal percentage and 3-point percentage throughout the season.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Miss. State enters today's game having lost three of its past four games, and six of its past eight.
The Bulldogs should be well rested for Sunday, however, having gone six days without a game. They haven't been in action since last Sunday's road loss to Auburn.
Matha Alwal is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game for the Bulldogs, who rank seventh in the conference in offense (72.8 pgg) and sixth in defense (61.1).
The Bulldogs rank second in the SEC in steals (10.6 per game) and rank second in 3-point defense (limiting opponents to 27.2 percent).
SIZING UP THE SERIES
Today's game marks the 50th all-time meeting between the SEC rivals, with Vanderbilt owning a 35-14 lead in the series.
The Commodores have won six in a row against the Bulldogs, and 11 of the past 14. The Bulldogs' most recent win over Vanderbilt came during the 2009-10 season, when Miss. St. posted a 65-56 win in Nashville.
Vanderbilt owns an 11-10 edge over Miss. St. in games played in Starkville, and has won 18 of the 20 meetings in Nashville. The Commodores are 6-2 against Miss. St. at neutral sites.
Vanderbilt has gone 11-4 against the Bulldogs since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002.
HEY, WATCH THIS
Vanderbilt senior Christina Foggie was one of 30 players named to Naismith Award midseason watch list earlier this week.
She is also on the watch list for two other honors -- the Dawn Staley award and the Wade Trophy.
Foggie is joined by teammate Jasmine Lister on the Staley watch list.
Foggie, who is in contention to win the SEC scoring title for the second time in her career, was one of 50 players named to the Naismith preseason watch list in October, and then remained on the list when it was trimmed from 50 to 30 this week.
FOGGIE IS SEC'S TOP SCORER
Looking to win the SEC scoring title for the second time in her career, Vanderbilt's Christina Foggie enter's today game averaging a conference-best 19.1 points per game.
Missouri's Bri Kulas is right behind Foggie at 18.9 ppg.
Foggie won the SEC scoring title as a sophomore.
AMONG THE BEST
Despite their recent cold snap, the Commodores continue to rank among the naton's best in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage.
The Commodores come into today's game ranked first in the SEC and fourth in the nation in 3-point percentage (40.8).
Vanderbilt ranks third in the conference and 12th in the nation in field goal percentage (46.5).