2018 SEC Tournament
No. 12 Vanderbilt (7-23) vs. No. 13 Arkansas (12-17)
Wednesday Feb. 28, 2018 | 11 AM CT | SEC Network
Nashville, Tenn. (Bridgestone Arena)
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1.The Commodores will be facing a familiar foe in the opening round of the SEC Tournament, squaring off with the Arkansas Razorbacks for the second time in the last 72 hours to open the 2018 SEC Tournament. The Commodores and Razorbacks will square off at 11 AM CT with the game available on SEC Network. Vanderbilt won the regular-season meeting, 78-73, on Sunday and has now won the last two meetings and five of the last seven.
2. Vanderbilt enters the SEC Tournament with a 7-23, 3-13 SEC record after a 78-73 win over the Razorbacks on Sunday. Kayla Overbeck posted a career-high 24 points for her second career 20-point outing and her sixth game in double figures in the last eight games, while Autumn Newby grabbed a game-best 13 rebounds. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Commodores.
3. The Commodores and Razorbacks will be meeting for the first time in the SEC Tournament since 2010. The 2010 meeting was an overtime affair in which Vanderbilt squeaked out a 65-64 overtime win. The teams have met three previous times in the tournament with the Commodores owning a 3-0 record. The three meetings have been decided by a combined 23 points with just the 2005 meeting being decided by more than 10 points (79-60).
4. Freshman Chelsie Hall earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman team it was announced by the conference office. Hall, who is leading the Commodores in scoring with 12.1 points per game, is the No. 24 scorer in the league and the No. 2 freshman scorer, trailing SEC Freshman of the Year, Chennedy Carter, who is averaging 20.7 points per game. Hall becomes the third player in the Stephanie White era to earn SEC accolades, joining Kayla Overbeck and Erin Whalen who were on the 2017 SEC All-Freshman team.
5. The Commodores are the No. 12 seed for this week’s SEC Tournament after defeating Arkansas on Sunday. Vanderbilt is looking to extend its season with a run through the SEC Tournament. Vanderbilt exited the 2017 tournament after the opening day for only the ninth time in program history. From 1999 to 2017 the Commodores won at least one SEC Tournament game in 16-of-19 tournaments.
Setting the Scene
-Vanderbilt will head down the road to the SEC Tournament hosted by Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Dores open tournament action at 11 AM on Wednesday against Arkansas and should they win, will advance to take on No. 5 Texas A&M at 2:30 PM on Thursday. Both games will be carried on the SEC Network.
Last Time Out
Vanderbilt sent the 2018 seniors out with a 78-73 victory over Arkansas on Sunday. Kayla Overbeck posted a career-high 24 points for her second career 20-point game while Autumn Newby added 13 rebounds for her sixth game with double-figure rebounds this season. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Commodores.
Arkansas enters Wednesday’s game with a 12-17, 3-13 SEC record after falling to Vanderbilt, 78-73, on Sunday, which was the Razorbacks sixth consecutive loss. Malica Monk leads the Razorback offense with 15.9 points per game and is joined in double figures by teammates, Devin Cosper and Jailyn Mason, who are averaging 14.1 and 11.0 points per game, respectively. Kiara Williams leads the way on the glass with 6.8 rebounds per game.
With A Win
-The Commodores will record the first SEC Tournament win of the Stephanie White era
-It will be the first win on SEC opening day since the 2016 Tournament when Vanderbilt went 2-1 in tournament action
-Vanderbilt will move to 26-8 in the all-time series with Arkansas and record its sixth win in the last eight meetings against the Razorbacks.
Hall Earns Spot on SEC All-Freshman Team
For the second consecutive season, the Commodores have placed someone on the SEC All-Freshman team in rookie guard Chelsie Hall. Hall has started each game this season and is leading the team with 12.1 points per game, which ranks her the No. 24 scorer among her SEC counterparts and the No. 2 freshman scorer behind Freshman of the Year Chennedy Carter from Texas A&M. Hall also leads Vanderbilt in assists (3.0/game) and steals (1.1/game). Kayla Overbeck and Erin Whalen were also named to the SEC All-Freshman team as rookies in 2017.
The Commodores will open the 2018 SEC Tournament this week and have a fairly successful record in the tournament. Vanderbilt has a 48-32 all-time record in the SEC’s premier event and has won its first game in the tournament 27 times. This will be the sixth time the SEC Tournament has been held in Nashville and the Dores have a 10-3 record in tournament games played in Nashville, including wining the 2004 and 2002 SEC Championships.
Overbeck Goes for 20
For the second time this season and in her career, Kayla Overbeck posted 20 points with a career-best 24 points in the regular-season win over Arkansas. Overbeck, who is averaging 9.7 points per game, has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games and is averaging 13.3 over the final nine games.
Newby Doubles up on the Glass
Freshman Autumn Newby has led the Commodores on the glass this season. The freshman pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds against the Razorbacks on Sunday. It was Newby’s sixth game of double figure rebounds this season.
50 Rebounds Strong
For the first time this season, Vanderbilt reached 50 rebounds in the win over Arkansas. Rebounding has been an Achilles heel for the Commodores all season but when the Dores win the battle of the glass they are 7-3. Vanderbilt is averaging 31.7 rebounds per game but has grabbed 40 or more on seven occasions and owns a 6-1 record when reaching at least 40 rebounds.
Overbeck Efficient Down the Stretch
Kayla Overbeck has proven to be a master of efficiency and over the last 10 games is shooting .600 (48-of-80) from the field and averaging 12.4 points per game. Overbeck has reached double figures in seven of the last nine games and is averaging 9.7 points per game on the year. She is shooting .589 (106-of-180) from the floor on the year to rank No. 5 in the SEC. The California native averaged just 7.8 points per game in non-conference action.
-In addition to shooting at a blistering pace, Overbeck is putting up numbers. She’s reached double figures in seven of the last nine games, including six consecutive games, which matched the longest stretch for a Commodore this season. In the six-game stretch, she has twice recorded 20 points and set a new career-best with 24 points against Arkansas in the regular-season finale.
Reed Closing Strong
Christa Reed has turned things up offensively over the last 10 contests. Over the last 10 games, Reed is averaging 11.5 points per game and is shooting .476 (39-of-82) from the field. She is also perfect from the free throw line (20-of-20) in that span. Reed’s shooting .931 from the free throw line on the year but is just shy of the minimum attempts per game to be ranked (two attempts/game) in the SEC and nationally, but if she were ranked she would lead the SEC and be the only player shooting better than 90 percent from the charity stripe.
Reed Lethal from the Stripe
Reed has been extremely impressive from the charity stripe this season. She is shooting .931 from the line, a number that leads the SEC and makes her the only SEC player shooting better than 90 percent from the foul line but Reed doesn’t show up in the SEC rankings because she is just shy of the SEC minimum in attempts (two attempts/game). Reed has made each of her last 22 foul shots and has only missed four all season.
Chelsie Hall Doing Chelsie Hall Things …
Freshman Chelsie Hall has put together an impressive freshman campaign thus far. The rookie from Boca Raton, Fla. is leading the Commodores in scoring with 12.1 points per game and has started every game this season. She’s reached double figures in a team-best 19 games this season and in 11 of Vanderbilt’s last 17 games, including a career-best 26 against Belmont. Hall’s scored 20+ in three contests this season. Hall’s 12.1 points per game make her the No. 2 SEC freshman scorer, trailing just Texas A&M’s Chennedy Carter, and ranks her No. 24 overall in the SEC. In Vanderbilt’s seven wins, Hall has reached double figures in five of those contests.
Overbeck and Reed, the X-Factors in Commodore Wins
Sophomore Kayla Overbeck is shooting .600 (30-of-50) in Vanderbilt wins and averages 12.7 points per game in Commodore victories. Overbeck has 15 games in double figures this season and in Vanderbilt’s seven wins, Overbeck has been in double figures in five of them. Christa Reed has also been key in Vanderbilt victories. Reed is averaging 12.6 points per game in Vanderbilt wins and is shooting .550 (12-of-24) from long range in victories.
Charity Stripe Is Money for the Commodores
The Commodores are quite efficient from the line, shooting .732 which is fifth in the SEC. Vanderbilt has six players shooting at least 70 percent or better from the stripe led by Erin Whalen who is a perfect 19-of-19 from the line this year while Christa Reed is shooting .931 percent and hasn’t missed a free throw in the last nine games. Reed is the only SEC player shooting over 90 percent from the charity stripe despite not meeting attempts per game minimums to be ranked.