Feb. 23, 2012
Welcome back to Five For February, our behind the scenes look at Vanderbilt women's basketball during their five road trips this month. While the Commodores are already on the road in Baton Rouge to face LSU, let's take a look back at the trip to Lexington, Ky., on Monday.
One of the most common questions about travel with the team is what exactly happens on the road. To give a little insight, we're going to give you a look at the itinerary for the trip to UK.
Monday, February 20 - at Kentucky
7:00 a.m. - Depart for Lexington, Ky.
With the late tipoff at Kentucky, the Commodores decided to make it a day trip and bus to Lexington the day of the game. Players and staff starting arriving at Memorial Gym around 6 a.m. to load up the sleeper busses for the drive north to the Bluegrass State. For a look at what goes on on the sleeper busses, take a look at our Five for February feature from Mississippi State.
11:45 a.m. - Arrive at hotel
The team unloaded the busses and checked into their rooms at the hotel in Lexington.
12:15 p.m. - Light Lunch
The team's meals on the road are always designed by certified athletic trainer Michelle Loftis with that night's game in mind. For lunch, the Dores enjoyed soup and sandwiches.
1:20 p.m. - Depart for shoot around
Back on the bus for the first of two trips to Kentucky's Memorial Coliseum.
2:00-3:00 p.m. - Shoot around
Vanderbilt takes their hour shoot around time on every trip. It opens with stretching (for more on the VU stretching routine, check out our Georgia Five for February) for about ten minutes, then the teams separate into guards and posts. Assistant Coach Vicky Picott works with the post players, while coaches Tom Garrick and Kim Rosamond work with the guards, all under the watchful eye of Head Coach Melanie Baclomb.
For the second half hour, the Commodores work on specific offensive and defensive sets for the game that night, under the direction of Balcomb and the assistant coach which scouted the opponent for that day. Garrick scouted the Wildcats on this day. If you're ever curious who scouts the opponent, its the assistant coach who does the pre-game interview with the voice of the Commodores, Charlie Mattos.
5:00 p.m. - Pre-game meal
Pre-game meal, again ordered by athletic trainer Michelle Lofits, always occurs four hours before the game, in order to make sure the Commodores have proper time to digest, but still have the maximum amount of energy from the meal. Most meals, including this one at Kentucky, include baked potatoes, a type of pasta and beef or chicken.
7:15 p.m. - Depart for game
Back on the bus, the Commodores load up and leave for Memorial Coliseum. The team always gets right on the road from the gym, as opposed to returning from the hotel. On the bus to the game, the team always watches highlights from their previous game. The clips are put together by video coordinator George MacLellan and we'll take a look at one of the packages as our installment from LSU.
9:00 p.m. - Gametime
Despite a spirited second half comeback, the Commodores fall at Kentucky, 70-61.
12:00 a.m. - Depart for Nashville
After the coaches discuss the game with the team, post-game interviews and showers, the team loads back on the bus for the drive back to Nashville.
2:45 a.m. - Arrive in Nashville
The Commodores pulled back up to Memorial Gym just before 3:00 a.m., wrapping up one of the longest days of the season.