March 5, 2013
Game Notes: Vanderbilt | Missouri
Interviews: Balcomb | Clarke | Lister
Scouting The Commodores
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team (19-10, 9-7 SEC) enters the postseason as the seven seed in the 2013 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament. The Commodores are led by senior forward Tiffany Clarke, who posted 16.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 52.7% from the field. She was one of just two players in the league to rank in the top-five in all three categories. Junior guard Christina Foggie was Vanderbilt's second leading scorer during the season at 14.5 points per game, however she missed four of the final six games and has not played more than 15 minutes in game since February 10. Classmate Jasmine Lister runs the point and has averaged 12.5 points and 5.4 assists per game. Since Foggie's injury (last six games), Lister has picked-up a lot of the slack averaging 17.7 points per game. Look for Clarke and Lister to be joined in the starting lineup by freshman forward Heather Bowe and senior guards Elan Brown and Gabby Smith. Bowe is fourth on the team in scoring and third on the team in rebounding at 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Brown has posted 6.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while starting all 27 contests. Smith is averaging 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds per game and has started the last six games. First off the bench, look for a pair of freshman guards in Jasmine Jenkins (2.1 ppg/2.5 rpg) and Morgan Batey(2.3 ppg/2.9 rpg).
Scouting The Tigers
Missouri enters its first SEC Tournament as the 10 seed, having gone 17-13 in the regular season, 6-10 in league play. The Tigers are led in scoring by Bri Kulas, who started all 30 games and posted 14.1 points and a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game. Morgan Eye is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game. She is one of the nation's top three-point shooters, as she shot 41.7% from beyond the arc, making 108 of 259 attempts. Sydney Crafton is third in scoring at 9.7 points per outing, while also averaging 5.4 rebounds per game. Liz Smith started all but one game and averaged 7.2 points and 5.1 boards per contest. Point guard Lianna Doty led the team in assists at 3.5 per game, while also contributing 6.4 points per outing. The Tigers went 14-4 at home this season, while going just 2-7 on the road. They suffered a five-game losing streak in February before winning their final two contests over South Carolina and Alabama.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Missouri
Vanderbilt and Missouri met for the first time ever during the Tigers' inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference. The Commodores took a 62-46 win at Memorial Gym on February 14 behind four players in double-figures. Jasmine Lister led the VU effort with 18 points, while Elan Brown added 13 points, Heather Bowe scored 11 points and Morgan Batey posted 10 points. It was the first of four games Christina Foggiemissed due to injury. Missouri was led by 10 points and seven rebounds from Sydney Crafton.
Watching At Home
The contest begins at 5:00 p.m. CT and can be seen throughout the Southeast on SportSouth, FOX Sports Southwest and Sun Sports. Outside the SEC footprint, the game can be seen on ESPN3.com. Dave Baker and Maria Taylor will have the call. On the radio, Charlie Mattos will have the call in Music City on WNSR 560 AM and around the world on VUCommodores.com.
On Deck - SEC Quarterfinals
The winner of the contest between Vanderbilt and Missouri will move on to face second-seeded Kentucky (25-4, 13-3 SEC) in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 8. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on SportSouth.