Feb. 26, 2014
Florida (17-10, 7-7) at RV/RV Vanderbilt (18-9, 7-7)
Date: Thursday, Feb. 27
Time: 7 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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SALUTING THE SENIORS
Today the Vanderbilt program is recognizing two of the most celebrated players in the program's history -- Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie -- as the Commodores hold their Senior Night festivities.
Foggie and Lister have developed into iconic figures for the Vanderbilt program over the past four years, and they are leaving strong legacies in Nashville.
Foggie is currently in contention to win the SEC scoring title for the second time in her career, and ranks in the Top-10 on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list. She recently became the program's all-time leader in career 3-pointers.
Lister has started 125 consecutive games -- every game in her career -- and is Vanderbilt's all-time leader in minutes played by a wide margin. She ranks third on the program's all-time list for assists and is likely to move into the Top-10 on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list before the season ends.
Foggie and Lister have each earned a massive collection of honors and awards, including being named to this year's preseason All-SEC team.
SCOUTING THE GATORS
The Gators roll into Nashville looking to end a recent slump. They have lost three straight games and four of their past five while falling to 7-7 in the conference.
Florida comes into tonight's action in a three-way tie -- along with LSU and Vanderbilt -- for fifth place in the SEC standings.
Jaterra Bonds leads the Gators in scoring at 15.6 points per game, and Kayla Lewis is the team's top rebounder at 8.9 per game.
Florida is 4-6 on the road this season, including 2-5 in SEC road games.
SIZING UP THE SERIES
Vanderbilt enters today's game against Florida with history on its side. The Commodores have won nine of the past 10 meetings between the rivals, including the past two.
Vanderbilt owns a 32-19 overall lead in the series, which dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Commodores are 16-6 against the Gators in Nashville, and are 12-10 against them in Florida. Vanderbilt owns a 4-3 edge in games played on a neutral site.
The Commodores have gone 13-4 against Florida since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002.
In the most recent meeting between the teams, Vanderbilt downed Florida, 68-57, last season in Gainesville. The most recent game between the teams in Nashville came in the 2011-12 season, when VU posted a 75-69 win in overtime.
PLAYING FOR A PURPOSE
It has become a tradition for the Vanderbilt seniors to dedicate their final home game to a charity or community-service group. Foggie and Lister have selected the Nashville Dolphins -- a group that provides year-round swimming opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
The group utilizes four pools across Davidson County and provides their services at no cost to the swimmers.
Fans were asked to wear lavender to today's game in support of the Nashville Dolphins.
The first 500 fans through the gates at Memorial Gym on Thursday will receive official lavender senior day T-shirts supporting the Nashville Dolphins, and the first 1,000 fans will receive "We Love Our Seniors" buttons.
During the game, fans can watch for the T-shirt toss and gold-shaker give-away.
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.
LISTER EARNS COMMUNITY SERVICE HONOR
Vanderbilt senior guard Jasmine Lister is the program's all-time leader in minutes played and is ranked No. 3 on the Commodores' all-time list for assists. But make no mistake -- the impact she has made at Vanderbilt isn't limited to just the basketball court.
She also been a positive influence on the Nashville populace by volunteering her time for various projects, and on Wednesday, she was named to the SEC Women's Basketball Community Service Team.
Lister earned her spot on the team after serving a two-month internship last summer at the Magdalene House -- a residential program for women recovering from addiction, prostitution and trafficking.
Lister, who is majoring in women and gender studies, wanted to attain hands-on experience and connect personally with the 22 women, and her time at the Magdalene House provided her with that opportunity.
"I got to know a lot of them on a different level," she said. "It's a different world. I got to hear a lot of their stories and what they were like. It really surprised me how close a lot of things that go on in Nashville are. The stories...what they've been through and how happy they are. They are able to see a way out."