Feb. 16, 2013
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team (16-8, 6-5 SEC) heads east on Interstate 40 for the second of two annual showdowns with in-state rival Tennessee. The Commodores will be led into the game by Tiffany Clarke. The senior forward is averaging 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, both team highs. Junior guard Jasmine Lister will join her in the starting lineup. Lister is posting 11.4 points and 5.7 assists per outing. Like Lister and Clarke, senior guard Elan Brown has started every game this season. Brown is posting 6.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Heather Bowe is also expected to start. The Eau Claire, Wis., native has started the last four contests, recording double-digit points in three of those games. She is averaging 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. For Thursday's 62-46 win over Missouri, senior Gabby Smith rounded out the starting five. The guard is posting 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. Head Coach Melanie Balcomb used three players off her bench against the Tigers, all freshmen. Guard Jasmine Jenkins had 10 points and is averaging 1.8 points and 1.1 assists per game. Fellow guard Morgan Batey pulled down 10 rebounds, adding four assists and three steals. Batey is averaging 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Forward Kendall Shaw also contributed, scoring six points to put her season average and 3.4 points per game to go along with 2.2 rebounds per contest. Vanderbilt was without the services of Christina Foggie, who is averaging 15.7 points per game and is out until at least next week with a knee injury, and Kady Schrann, who is averaging 6.7 points per contest and is day-to-day with an ankle injury.
Scouting The Lady Volunteers
No. 12/10 Tennessee (19-5, 10-1 SEC) hosts Vanderbilt tied for first place with Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference. The Lady Volunteers are led in scoring by Meighan Simmons at 17.5 points per game. Behind her his Bashaara Graves at 14.6 points per game and Isabelle Harrison at 10.0 points per contest. Graves is the team's leading rebounder at 8.7 boards per game, while point guard Ariel Massengale is averaging 4.6 assists per contest. In their most recent outing against Ole Miss, first-year Head Coach Holly Warlick started Simmons, Graves and Massengale alongside Cierra Burdick (7.9 ppg/6.2 rpg) and Taber Spani (9.7 ppg/4.4 rpg). The Lady Vols defeated the Rebels, 97-68, in their most recent contest on Sunday, February 10. Since February 5 of last year, Tennessee has won 17 of 20 games against SEC teams (counting 2012 SEC Tournament), with one of those losses coming at Vanderbilt. Their only loss this season came at Missouri, 80-63.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee
Tennessee is the most common opponent in Vanderbilt history, with the Lady Volunteers holding a 60-8 edge in the series. The first meeting was a 77-53 UT win in Nashville. The first Vanderbilt victory came in the 1984-85 campaign, an 84-77 win at Memorial Gym. The teams have met at least twice a year each season since 1993-94, with a third meeting in the SEC Tournament occurring nine times since then (in addition to a third meeting in the 2002 NCAA Tournament). The teams have met once this season, with Tennessee winning an 83-75 decision on West End. Meighan Simmons poured in 23 points to lead UT, while Vanderbilt was led by 22 from Christina Foggie and 19 points and 10 rebounds from Tiffany Clarke. Vanderbilt has not won in 27 trips to Knoxville.
Watching at Home
The game will tip at 4:00 p.m. CT and can be seen on ESPN2 with Adam Amin and Maria Taylor on the call. The broadcast will also be available on the WatchESPN app. On the radio, the game can be heard in Nashville on WNSR 560 AM with 20-year veteran Charlie Mattos on the play-by-play. The radio broadcast is also available as part of Vanderbilt All-Access on VUCommodores.com.
On Deck - Florida
Vanderbilt stays on the road, traveling to Florida on Thursday, February 21. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on CSS. It will be Vanderbilt's first trip to Gainesville since winning a 103-97 double overtime thriller on February 6, 2011.