March 2, 2013
Scouting The Commodores
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team (19-9, 9-6 SEC) goes in search of its 14th-straight 20-win season on Sunday when it visits No. 11/11 Georgia to conclude the regular season. The Commodores will be led into action by junior forward Tiffany Clarke, who is averaging 16.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Second on the team in scoring is junior Christina Foggie, who returned to action against Auburn after missing four contests due to injury and is averaging 15.1 points per game. Junior guard Jasmine Lister runs the point, posting 12.3 points and 5.6 assists per outing. Senior guard Elan Brown has started every game this season, averaging 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Heather Bowe has started 10 games on the season, averaging 6.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Gabby Smith (1.7 ppg/1.2 rpg) has rounded out the starting five over the last five games. First off the bench over the past five games have been freshman guards Jasmine Jenkins (2.2 ppg/2.5 rpg) and Morgan Batey (2.1 ppg/2.7 rpg).
Scouting The Lady Bulldogs
Georgia enters Sunday's finale with a 23-5 record, 11-4 in SEC play. The Lady Bulldogs won their first 12 games of the season before falling at Illinois on December 28. They have won seven of their last nine contests, with losses at LSU and at Mississippi State in their most recent outing. Georgia is incredibly balanced and is led by the duo of Jasmine Hassell and Jasmine James. Hassell is posting a team-best 12.5 points per game and a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game, while James contributes 11.9 points per game and 3.7 assists per game. Five more Lady Bulldogs average between six and nine points per game - Khaalidah Miller (8.9 ppg), Anne Marie Armstrong (7.1 ppg), Tiaria Griffin (7.1 ppg), Shacobia Barbee (6.3 ppg) and Erika Ford (6.0 ppg). Georgia has won 14 of 15 games at Stegeman Coliseum this season, with the lone loss coming to Texas A&M, 64-46, on January 20.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Georgia
The Commodores and Lady Bulldogs will be meeting for the 57th time on Sunday, with Georgia holding a 31-25 edge in the series. Vanderbilt won the first meeting in 1978 at Memorial Gym, but Georgia won 19 of the next 21 games from 1979 to 1992. Since then, Vanderbilt has won 22 of 34 games. The teams split a pair of meetings last season, with Vanderbilt winning, 68-48, in Nashville, before Georgia won, 76-63, in Athens. The head coaches, Vanderbilt's Melanie Balcomb and Georgia's Andy Landers, are the two most tenured coaches in the SEC at 11 and 34 years, respectively. Since Balcomb arrived at Vanderbilt, the Commodores have won 12 of 18 games.
Watching At Home
The contest begins at 12:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on ESPNU with Melissa Lee and Steffi Sorensen on the call. The game can also be hear in Nashville on WNSR 560 AM and around the world on VUCommodores.com with Phil Brame filling in for Charlie Mattos.
On Deck - SEC Tournament
Vanderbilt will head to the 2013 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament to be held at the Arena at Gwinette in Duluth, Ga., March 6-10. The Commodores have clinched a first round bye and will open play on Thursday, March 6, as either the six or seven seed.