Feb. 22, 2014
Alabama (12-14, 5-8) at RV/25 Vanderbilt (18-8, 7-6)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 23
Time: 3 p.m. CT
Location: Memorial Gym (Nashville, Tenn.)
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased by calling 615-322-GOLD, visiting the McGugin Center ticket office or logging on to vucommodores.com.
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After enduring a tough two-week stretch, the Commodores got a big emotional boost on Thursday night when they traveled to Arkansas and earned a hard-fought 66-60 victory to end a three-game skid.
Christina Foggie hit the game-clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left for the Commodores, and Morgan Batey finished with a career-high 18 points.
Vanderbilt entered the night having lost five of its past six games -- with four of the five defeats having been decided in the final minute.
The Commodores relocated their shooting touch in Thursday's game, shooting 52 percent from the floor in the first half, and finished at 46.9 percent for the game.
Alabama has been a tough team to figure out this season. The Tide has a losing record, but has has posted some impressive wins, including, most notably, a road win over Kentucky in late January.
Alabama enters Sunday's game coming off a 72-64 overtime victory over Mississippi State on Thursday. Alabama outscored the Bulldogs 13-5 in the extra session.
Senior Shafontaye Myers had a game-high 19 points, and freshman Ashley Williams recorded her fourth double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Myers leads the Tide on the season with her 14.2 point-per-game average, and Williams is averaging a team-best 6.4 rebounds.
SIZING UP THE SERIES
Vanderbilt enters Sunday's game against Alabama looking to extend its dominance in the series.
The Commodores have won 12 straight games against the Tide, and have won 17 of the past 18 meetings dating back to the 1999-2000 season.
Vanderbilt owns a 17-0 all-time record against Alabama in Nashville, and head coach Melanie Balcomb has posted a 13-1 record against Alabama since her arrival in Nashville in 2002.
Alabama's most recent win over Vanderbilt came during the 2003-04 season, when the Tide posted an 81-68 win in Tuscaloosa in Balcomb's second season at the helm.
Sunday's game marks the 41st all-time meeting between the SEC rivals, and the Commodores own a 29-11 lead in the series, which dates back to the 1977-78 season.
The Commodores are 11-7 against Alabama in Tuscaloosa, but Alabama has won four of five games against Vanderbilt is 3-0 at neutral sites.
Vanderbilt won the most recent meeting between the teams with a 67-58 victory last season in Tuscaloosa.
Prior to Sunday's game, fans can visit the Kids' Zone -- a designated play area for children that includes inflatables, cotton candy, face tattoos and more. The Kids' Zone is open from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Also, the first 200 fans to report to the Southeast entrance marketing table will receive a women's basketball lanyard.
During the game, special guest DJ DU will be mixing it up, and fans can watch for the T-shirt toss, gold-shaker give-away and can get their Frequent-Fan card punched.
After the game, the Vanderbilt players will throw miniature basketballs into the stands, and fans who have participated in the frequent-fan card promotion this season can pick up their prizes in the Southeast lobby.
Following the game, the Vanderbilt players will have a brief cool-down period and will then return to the floor to sign autographs. Posters will be provided for those wanting to collect autographs.
DAHLMAN TO MISS REMAINDER OF SEASON
Vanderbilt announced this week that freshman Rebekah Dahlman will miss the remainder of the season after she underwent surgery on Feb. 5.
Dahlman was diagnosed with a blood clot in her right shoulder in December, and has since had multiple procedures. She was in the starting lineup for Vanderbilt's first nine games -- averaging 11.4 points per game -- but has not seen action since the Commodores' win over East Tennessee State on Dec. 3.
She was leading the SEC and ranked 10th in the nation in 3-point percentage at 51.4 percent (18-of-35) at the time of her injury.
Dahlman was a McDonald's All-America as a senior at Braham Area High (Braham, Minn.). She set the state's all-time scoring record with 5,060 career points.
'MO' POINTS FROM THE SOPHOMORE
Vanderbilt sophomore Morgan Batey has proven that there is more to her game than rebounding.
The native of Atlanta has been producing plenty of points in recent games.
She scored a career-high 18 points in Thursday's win over Arkansas, finishing 8-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the foul line.
Batey, who leads the team in rebounding, also did her normal work on the glass, collecting six rebounds to share team-high honors with Kady Schrann in that category.
Just four days earlier, Batey had her first career double-double, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds against Miss. State.
Batey also showcased her offensive skills in the win over Texas A&M earlier this month. She scored 17 points in the victory, including hitting the game-winning free throws with two seconds remaining.
Batey is averaging 8.5 points per game in SEC play, and is shooting 53 percent from the floor in those games. She is averaging 6.6 points per game for the season and is shooting 51 percent from the floor.