Marqu'es Webb and the Commodores visit Arkansas on Thursday.
Feb. 19, 2014
No. 16/20 Vanderbilt (17-8, 6-6) at Arkansas (17-8, 4-8)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 20
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Fayetteville, Ark.
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
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HAVING A TOUGH GO
The Commodores have endured a tough stretch in recent days, losing three straight games and five of their past six. The sequence has included a series of hard-luck losses, with four of the five defeats being decided in the final minute.
Prior to the recent skid, the Commodores were on a tear, winning five of their first six SEC games, including impressive victories over Tennessee and LSU.
Vanderbilt enters Thursday's game looking to avoid its first four-game losing streak since the 2003-04 season, which was Melanie Balcomb's second year at the helm. The Commodores lost four straight in early February of that season, but followed that up with a 10-game winning streak that included winning the SEC tournament.
The Razorbacks -- who rank among the SEC leaders in several defensive categories -- will be well rested as they enter Thursday's game. They haven't played a game since last Thursday, when they hammered Alabama, 75-55.
Arkansas is allowing an average of just 52.2 points per game, which ranks first in the conference and second in the nation. The Razorbacks rank third in the SEC in blocked shots (4.6 per game) and fifth in field-goal defense (36.4).
Although Arkansas' SEC record isn't impressive (4-8), the Razorbacks have played well in recent days, winning two of their past three. They downed Florida, 55-49, on Feb. 6 and routed Alabama last Thursday. In between those two games was a 67-49 loss to South Carolina.
Arkansas, which will carry an impressive 13-3 home record into the game, is led in scoring by Jessica Jackson (16 ppg). She is also the team's leading rebounder (6.0 ppg).
SIZING UP THE SERIES
Today's game marks the 28th all-time meeting between Vanderbilt and Arkansas -- and the Commodores have controlled the series, owning a 21-6 record against the Razorbacks.
Vanderbilt has gone 13-2 against Arkansas since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002.
The Commodores own a 7-5 mark against Arkansas in games played in Fayetteville, and are 11-1 against the Hogs in Nashville. Vanderbilt is 3-0 against Arkansas at neutral sites.
Vanderbilt won the most recent meeting between the teams, posting a 78-58 win in Nashville last season.
LOOKING FOR A REPEAT
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 19.0 points per game. Missouri's Bri Kulas is close behind Foggie at 18.4 ppg.
Foggie won the SEC scoring title as a sophomore (17.7 ppg).
SENIORS STAND ALONE
Seniors Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister continue to re-write the Vanderbilt record books.
Foggie became Vanderbilt's all-time leader in career 3-pointers this past weekend, and Lister became the program' all-time leader in minutes played last month.
Foggie set the career mark for 3-pointers during last Sunday's loss to Miss. State in Starkville. She entered the game tied with former VU standout Merideth Marsh atop the list with 256 three-pointers in her career, and then moved into the top spot by herself when she hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 4:37 left in the first half.
Foggie went on to finish 3-of-5 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 15 points in the loss. She now has 259 three-pointers in her career.
Lister, meanwhile, just continues to pile on more minutes to her record-setting total. She enters today's game having logged 4,401 in her career.
She became the program's all-time leader during Vanderbilt's loss to Missouri on Jan. 30, when she surpassed former record holder Zuzi Klimesova, who played 4,249 in her career from 1999-02.
Lister has recorded six 40-minute games this season, all coming since the start of SEC play.
Foggie and Lister are both climbing the lists in other career categories -- including Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list -- as they continue to cement their legacies in Nashville.
HEY, WATCH THIS
Vanderbilt senior Christina Foggie was one of 30 players named to Naismith Award midseason watch list earlier this month.
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.