Commodores travel to face Rebels Sunday

Feb. 22, 2009

OXFORD, Miss. -- The 18th-ranked Vanderbilt women's basketball team travels to Oxford, Miss., on Sunday, Feb. 22, to take on the Ole Miss Rebels at C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. CT tip-off.

Vanderbilt (21-6, 10-2 Southeastern Conference) moved into first place in the SEC with a 73-70 victory over No. 3 Auburn on Thursday. Sophomore point guard Jence Rhoads led the Commodores with a career-high 16 points, with seniors Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth each adding 14 points.

Following Thursday's contest Vanderbilt honored its graduating class of 2009 -- Risper, Wirth and Amy Malo. The trio has won 95 games over the past four seasons -- including 2007's SEC Tournament championship and last year's NCAA Sweet 16 berth.

Wirth is the reigning SEC Player of the Week after putting together back-to-back-to-back games of 20 or more points against Kentucky, Florida and Georgia. A candidate for numerous national awards, Wirth added nine rebounds and five assists to her 14 points against Auburn.

The Commodores are looking for their first win in Oxford since 2003 after losing on their past two trips to face the Rebels. Vanderbilt leads the all-time series, 22-13, though the Dores have only won five times in 15 trips to Oxford.

The Rebels (15-12, 4-8 SEC) are led by Bianca Thomas, averaging 15.1 points per game. Ole Miss has lost three straight games, falling to Mississippi State, Arkansas and Alabama.

Following Sunday's game, the Commodores will have a mid-week bye before traveling to Knoxville to finish the regular season against in-state rival Tennessee. The 2009 SEC Tournament begins the following week, kicking off on March 5 in North Little Rock, Ark.



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