Feb. 22, 2012
The No. rv/24 Vanderbilt women's basketball team (20-7, 8-6 SEC) travels to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU (19-8, 9-5 SEC) on Thursday, February 23. Tipoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game can be seen on FSN and ESPN3.com, as well as heard in Nashville on WNSR 560 AM.
Scouting The Commodores
No. 24 Vanderbilt will look to win for the seventh time in nine tries when it travels to LSU on Thursday, February 23.The Commodores are coming off a 70-61 loss at No. 13/8 Kentucky on Monday, February 20 and are led by Christina Foggie, whose 17.9 points per game lead the SEC. She is followed by junior forward Tiffany Clarke, who is averaging 12.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest, totals which are 11th and fourth in the league, respectively. Sophomore guard Jasmine Lister is posting 12.0 points per game, while also dishing out a league-best 5.5 assists per contest. Center Stephanie Holzer averages 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest, while the fifth starter is guard Kady Schrann who is posting 7.2 points per game while her .469 field goal percentage is ninth in the league and second best among the conference's freshmen.
Scouting The Lady Tigers
LSU enters Thursday's game having won their last five contests. LaSondra Barrett is the top scorer in for the Lady Tigers, averaging 12.5 points per game, as well as a team-best 7.1 rebounds per contest. She is also second on the team in assists at 2.6 per game. Adrienne Webb contributes 9.6 points per game, followed by 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds from Courtney Jones. In SEC play, the numbers have been very impressive, as Barrett (12.8 ppg), Destini Hughes (10.7 ppg) and Webb (10.3 ppg) are all averaging double-figures in league action. LSU is second in the league in scoring defense, giving up an average of 51.7 points per contest. The 81 points Vanderbilt scored in the first meeting between these two teams on January 29 at Memorial Gym is the most any team has scored on the Lady Tigers this season.
Vanderbilt vs. LSU - The Series
Thursday is the 40th meeting between Vanderbilt and LSU, with the Commodores holding a 23-16 edge in the series following a 81-72 win in Nashville earlier this year. That win gave Vanderbilt a three-game winning streak in the series, the first time either team took three-straight since six-straight Commodore wins from 1999-2002. The teams have met at least once each year since 1985-86. The Lady Tigers took the first four contests in the series. LSU leads the series 10-4 in Baton Rouge, while Vanderbilt is 10-6 against the Lady Tigers since Melanie Balcomb's arrival on West End.
Vanderbilt will conclude the regular season on Sunday, February 26, when they play host to Alabama at Memorial Gym. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on CSS. The team will be raising awareness for the fight against pancreatic cancer as they honor senior Jordan Coleman and their four senior managers.