March 1, 2012
Vandy Game Notes (SEC Quarterfinals vs. UT) | Tennessee Game Notes
SEC Game One Recap (def. Mississippi State)
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team (22-8) will face No. 13/10 Tennessee for the third time this season on Friday, March 2, in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. Tipoff at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game can be seen on FSN (SportSouth, FS Southwest and Sun Sports), as well as on ESPN3.com in non-SEC states.
The teams split their two regular season meetings, with the Lady Vols taking a win in Knoxville on January 15, before the Commodores got revenge on February 9 in Nashville, 93-79.
Scouting The Commodores
Vanderbilt enters the second round of the 2012 SEC Tournament coming off a 67-51 win over Mississippi State in the opener. Christina Foggie followed-up winning the SEC scoring title and earning first-team All-SEC honors by leading the Commodores with 18 points, just better than her 17.9 average during the regular season. Vanderbilt also got a double-double from center Stephanie Holzer (12 points, 10 rebounds) while a pair of All-SEC second team selections in Jasmine Lister and Tiffany Clarke scored 13 and 10 points respectively. The Commodores never trailed in the contest and earned Head Coach Melanie Balcomb her 400th career win. Vanderbilt will be trying to beat Tennessee twice in the same season for the first time in program history.
Scouting The Lady Vols
Tennessee enters the tournament with a 21-8 mark and a 12-4 record in SEC action that earned them the two seed and a first-round bye at the SEC Tournament. They are led by the trio of Shekinna Stricklen (15.3 ppg/6.5 rpg), Glory Johnson (13.6 ppg/9.4 rpg) and Meighan Simmons (11.1 ppg). Freshman point guard Ariel Massengale was second in the SEC with 5.3 assists per game (only her and Vandy's Jasmine Lister were better than 5.0 assists per contest this year). Under 38th-year Head Coach Pat Summitt, the Lady Vols were second in the SEC in scoring at 75.0 points per game and enter the SEC Tournament having won four of their last five contests.
Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee - The Series
Vanderbilt and Tennessee have met 66 times, with the Lady Vols holding a 58-8 edge in the series. Vanderbilt has faced Tennessee more than any other program in history. The first meeting came in the 1979-80 season, with UT taking a 77-53 win on West End. The first Commodore win came in 1984-85, an 84-77 win at Memorial. The teams have met at least twice a year each season since 1993-94. The teams split two meetings this season, with UT taking an 87-64 win in Knoxville before the Commodores won 93-79 in Music City. The 93-point output was the most in the series for Vanderbilt. All-time Vanderbilt is 2-8 versus Tennessee at the SEC Tournament.
The winner of the Vanderbilt-Tennessee game will move on to Friday's SEC Semifinals where potential opponents are 11 seed Alabama, six seed South Carolina and three seed Georgia. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. CT and that game can be seen on ESPNU.
Vandy At The SEC Tournament
Vanderbilt owns the second-best history in SEC Tournament play, having posted an all-time mark of 44-36 (.550) and having won six tournament titles. The only team with more wins, a better winning percentage and more titles is Tennessee (66-17 for a .795 wining percentage and 15 titles). In the previous four SEC Tournaments in Nashville (2002, 2004, 2008 & 2011), the Commodores have posted a 7-3 record while winning the tournament championship in 2002 and 2004. The 2004 squad is the most recent SEC team to win the tournament without the benefit of a first round bye, a feat the Commodores will try to replicate this season. Last year, Vanderbilt went 1-1 as the three seed, defeating 11th seeded Mississippi State, 69-55, before falling to second-seeded Kentucky, 69-56.