March 4, 2014
Vanderbilt (18-11) vs. Georgia (19-10)
Date: Thursday, March 6
Time: 11 a.m. CT
Location: Duluth, Ga.
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
Tickets: A limited number of SEC Tournament ticket booklets are available for purchase. Booklets are $107 each for the event, which runs Thursday-Sunday. 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.
IMPROVING THEIR STOCK
Vanderbilt and Georgia each enter Thursday's game with hopes of bolstering their resumes for the NCAA tournament after the two teams finished with identical 7-9 records in SEC play.
The Commodores -- who beat Georgia in the SEC opener for both teams on Jan. 2 -- endured a tough stretch to close the regular season, losing their final three games and eight of the last 10. Seven of those losses were decided by six points or less.
Georgia won seven of its final 12 SEC games after opening conference play with four straight losses.
The Lady Dogs, under the direction of veteran coach Andy Landers, aren't an offensive powerhouse -- averaging 67.4 points per game this season -- but their defense has been solid, allowing an average of just 58 points per game.
Georgia's top scorer is Shacobia Barbee, who is averaging 12.9 points per game. She is also the team's top rebounder at 8.2 rebounds per contest.
Khaalidah Miller is averaging 11 ppg, and Erika Ford is averaging 10.8.
Georgia is shooting 42 percent from the floor as a team, and 30.2 percent from 3-point range.
SIZING UP THE SERIES
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.
LOOKING BACK AT VU'S WIN OVER UGA ON JAN. 2
Jasmine Lister scored 24 points and propelled a second-half comeback to help Vanderbilt upset No. 19/18 Georgia, 66-58, on Jan. 2 at Memorial Gym in the SEC opener for both teams.
Lister -- who finished 8-of-12 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range -- scored 10 points in the span of less than five minutes late in the second half while fueling a 17-5 run that allowed Vanderbilt to flip a 47-43 deficit into a 60-52 lead with 3:40 to go.
Christina Foggie also hit a key 3-pointer during the game-changing surge.
Foggie finished with 11 points, and was the only other Commodore in double figures.
Vanderbilt was down 49-45 when Lister stepped up and scored all seven points during a 7-0 run. She hit perhaps the biggest shot of the night -- a 3-pointer that cut Georgia's lead to one -- with 7:56 to play, and followed that up with a jumper that gave Vanderbilt the lead for good. She then capped off her spree with another 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 53-49 with 5:52 to go.
HISTORY OF SUCCESS
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 won at least game in the tournament every year since 1999, and the Commodores have posted a 27-10 tournament record in that span.
Vanderbilt seniors Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie will be competing in the SEC tournament for the final time.
Two of the most decorated players in Commodore history, Foggie and Lister are closing out their careers in strong style.
Foggie has led the SEC scoring throughout the season, 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 127 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 recently moved into the Top-10 on Vanderbilt's all-time scoring list.
SEC HONORS FOR LISTER, FOGGIE
Lister and Foggie were both named to the All-SEC Second Team on Tuesday morning when the conference announced its postseason awards voted on by the SEC's coaches.
South Carolina's Dawn Staley, Tiffany Mitchell and Alaina Coates were named Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
The All-SEC First Team selections were: Tyrese Tanner, Auburn; Jaterra Bonds, Florida; Theresa Plaisance, LSU; Martha Alwal, Mississippi State; Bri Kulas, Missouri; Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina; Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina; Meighan Simmons, Tennessee; Isabelle Harrison, Tennessee; and Courtney Walker, Texas A&M.
Named to the Second Team along with Lister and Foggie were: Jessica Jackson, Arkansas; Shacobia Barbee, Georgia; Jennifer O'Neill, Kentucky; DeNesha Stallworth, Kentucky; Tia Faleru, Ole Miss; Valencia McFarland, Ole Miss; Alaina Coates, South Carolina; and Courtney Williams, Texas A&M.