Star Gazing: The week ahead for the Commodores

Jasmine Lister and the Commodores open play in the SEC Tournament on Thursday.

March 3, 2014

RECORD: 18-11, 7-9 SEC
NEXT GAME: vs. Georgia, Thursday, 11 a.m. (SEC Tournament)

The Commodores open play in the SEC Tournament, facing Georgia on Thursday at 11 a.m. at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
Vanderbilt is the No. 8 seed and Georgia is the No. 9 seed.
Both teams finished the regular season with 7-9 marks in the SEC and were part of a five-way tie in the middle of the standings.
Vanderbilt -- which downed Georgia 66-58 on Jan. 2 at Memorial Gym in the only meeting between the two schools this season -- enters the postseason looking to catch fire. The Commodores lost eight of their final 10 regular-season games.
Should Vanderbilt defeat Georgia, the Commodores will face top-seeded South Carolina at 11 a.m. Friday.

Vanderbilt received the No. 8 seed by virtue of losing the tiebreaker to Auburn and Alabama and winning the tiebreaker over Georgia and LSU.
(To break the tie between the five schools, head-to-head winning percentage was used.)

A limited number of Women's SEC Tournament ticket booklets are available for purchase. Booklets are $107 each for the event, which runs March 5-9.
Vanderbilt limits sales to four per account and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To purchase tickets, call the Commodore ticket office at (615) 322-GOLD (4653) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Vanderbilt enters this week's SEC tournament with a rich history of success at the event.
The Commodores have won the tournament six times, including three times since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002.
Vanderbilt's most recent tourney championship came in 2009, when the Commodores defeated Georgia in the title game, 69-61. It was Vanderbilt's second SEC tournament title in the span of three years after the Commodores won the event in 2007.
Vanderbilt also won the tournament title in 2004, 2002, 1995 and 1993. The Commodores enter this week's tourney as the No. 8 seed after coming in as the No. 7 seed in each of the past two seasons.
Vanderbilt has at least one win in the tournament every year since 1999, and the Commodores have posted a 27-10 tournament record in that span.

Thursday's matchup is the 59th all-time meeting between Vanderbilt and Georgia. The Lady Dogs own a 32-26 advantage in the series, but the Commodores have gone 13-7 against Georgia since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002-03.
Vanderbilt has won nine of the past 12 meetings between the teams, and has won five straight against UGA in Nashville.



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