March 7, 2013
Scouting The Commodores
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team (20-10, 9-7 SEC) advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament with a 53-40 win over Missouri. Vanderbilt was led by a double-double effort from Tiffany Clarke, playing in her native Duluth, Ga. The senior posted 14 points and 11 rebounds. Of her 14 points, 12 came in the second half. Christina Foggie also started to look like she is finally overcoming a knee injury suffered on February 10, scoring 12 points and shooting 3-of-6 from three-point range. Jasmine Lister added seven points and three assists. Clarke wasn't the only Georgia native to play well in her home state for Vanderbilt. Senior guard Elan Brown (Atlanta) score seven points and grabbed six boards, freshman guard Morgan Batey (Atlanta) made her first career start, scored five points and grabbed six boards, all on the offensive glass. Freshman guard Jasmine Jenkins(Gainesville) scored six points, all at the foul line, grabbed four rebounds and dished out a team-best four assists.
Scouting The Wildcats
No. 7/7 Kentucky will be playing its first game of the 2013 SEC Tournament after placing second in the league and earning a bye to the quarterfinals thanks to a 25-4 overall record and 13-3 mark in conference play. The Wildcats are led by SEC Co-Player of the Year A'dia Mathies, who averaged 18.2 points per game during conference play and has scored in double-figures in 20 straight contests. The senior is averaging 16.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on the year. DeNesha Stallworth is second on the team at 12.5 points per contest, while adding 6.0 rebounds per game. Next is Samarie Walker, who is posting 9.5 points to go along with a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game. Look for Mathies, Stallworth and Walker to be joined in the starting lineup by Kastine Evans (4.5 ppg/2.0 rpg) and Jennifer O'Neill (10.4 ppg). Head Coach Matthew Mitchell's squad's only three losses in league play came at LSU, versus Georgia and at South Carolina.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky
The Commodores and Wildcats will be meeting for the 46th time on Friday, with Vanderbilt holding a 27-18 edge in the series. The teams first met in the 1981-82 season and have seen each other at least annually since. Kentucky won 11 of the first 15 meetings from 1981-91. Vanderbilt then won 24 of the next 26 contests from 1991-2010, but Kentucky has won the last five meetings in a row. The Wildcats took a 75-53 decision in Nashville on February 10. A'dia Mathies had a season-best 28 points, while Vanderbilt was led by 20 points from Tiffany Clarke.
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 Semifinals
The winner of the contest between Vanderbilt and Kentucky will move on to face the winner of a contest between third-seeded Georgia and sixth-seeded LSU in the semifinals on Saturday, March 9. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on SportSouth.