Commodores invited to 15th straight NCAA Tournament

March 17, 2014

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For the 15th consecutive season, the Vanderbilt women's basketball team is NCAA Tournament bound!

The Commodores (18-12) received an at-large bid to the tournament on Monday night when the NCAA Selection Committee unveiled this year's 64-team field.

Vanderbilt will be a No. 8 seed in South Bend Region and will open tournament play on Saturday morning, facing No. 9-seeded Arizona State in Toledo, Ohio, at 10 a.m. CST. The winner of the Vanderbilt-Arizona State game will play the winner of a first-round match-up between No. 1-seeded Notre Dame and Robert Morris in the second round.

The Vanderbilt players had to sweat it out Monday during the NCAA Selection Show, as the Commodores didn't hear their name called until the final 16-team bracket was revealed.

Although the Commodores have struggled in recent weeks -- dropping nine of their past 11 games -- they earned their spot in the tournament by virtue of an impressive resumé that included wins over Tennessee, LSU, Texas A&M and Georgia.

This will be Vanderbilt's 27th appearance in the tournament, and the Commodores will carry a 39-26 all-time tourney record into this year's event. Vanderbilt has won at least one tournament game in 10 of the past 11 seasons under Balcomb.

This year's Commodores, who posted a 13-1 record from Nov. 25 through Jan. 25, were ranked as high as No. 16 in the AP poll on three occasions, and they defeated four ranked opponents during a four-week stretch that started with a win over Georgia on Jan. 2.

Vanderbilt will enter the tournament on a four-game losing streak after the Commodores closed the regular season with three straight losses and then fell to Georgia in the SEC Tournament.

There are only two (2) sessions for ticket buyers. The first on Saturday includes the Vanderbilt-Arizona State game as well as the Notre Dame-Robert Morris game played 30 minutes after the conclusion of Vanderbilt's game. The Session I price for these two games will be $24.

Should Vanderbilt advance to the second round, all Session I ticket buyers will automatically be charged for the Session II ticket for Monday, March 24. All tickets will be allocated based on National Commodore Club priority and the deadline to get into the initial seating group is 1:00 p.m., March 19.

All fans purchasing tickets will be sent an email with will call information regarding where and when to pick up tickets in Toledo. Call 615-322-GOLD (4653) or click here to order tickets.

** Have made 15 straight appearances in the NCAA tournament, including 12 straight since the arrival of head coach Melanie Balcomb in 2002.
** Earned a No. 8 seed in last year's tournament, and defeated No. 9-seeded St. Joseph's 60-54. Vanderbilt then fell to eventual national champion UConn, 77-44, in the second round.
** Have won at least one tournament game in 10 of the past 11 seasons.
** Have made 14 trips to regional semifinals in the program's history, including four times under Balcomb.
** Have made 26 tournament appearances in team history, including 24 of the past 25 seasons.
** The 26 tournament appearances by Vanderbilt is the third most in the SEC, behind only Tennessee and Georgia.

** Posted a 13-1 record from Nov. 24 through Jan. 25 -- a stretch that included a 74-63 victory over then-No. 8-ranked Tennessee.
** Put together a nine-game winning streak from Nov. 24 through Jan. 4.
** Winning streak featured victories over Dayton, Wisconsin, and Georgia.
** Earned an impressive road win at James Madison (25-5), handing the Dukes their only home loss of the season.
** Defeated three ranked opponents in the span of 15 days by beating No. 19 Georgia, 66-58, on Jan. 2, beating No. 8 Tennessee, 74-63, on Jan. 12 and beating No. 14 LSU, 79-70, on Jan. 19.
** Won five of six road games from Dec. 15 through Jan. 16, with wins over Hartford, James Madison, UAB, Ole Miss and Auburn.
** Opened SEC play with five wins in first six games.

** Climbed as high as No. 16 in the AP poll and held that spot for two consecutive weeks (Jan. 20 and 27) and moved into that spot again on Feb. 10.
** Spent five consecutive weeks ranked in AP poll -- at No. 24 (Jan. 13), No. 16 (Jan. 20 & Jan. 27), No. 18 (Feb. 3) and No. 16 again (Feb. 10). Received votes in AP poll six times -- in the preseason poll, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Jan. 6, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24.
** Spent six consecutive weeks -- and seven weeks overall -- ranked in the USA Today poll. Were ranked No. 25 in the Nov. 11 poll, then returned to the poll at No. 25 on Jan. 13, No. 19 on Jan. 20, No. 18 on Jan. 27, No. 19 on Feb. 3, No. 20 on Feb. 10, and No. 25 on Feb. 17.
** Was either ranked or received votes in the USA Today poll every week from the preseason poll through Feb. 24.

** The Vanderbilt roster features two of the most dynamic players in team history -- senior Christina Foggie, the most prolific 3-point shooter in the program's history, and senior Jasmine Lister, the most durable player to ever wear a Vanderbilt jersey.
** Foggie and Lister are the anchors of a very young team, which features a total of just three underclassmen (Foggie, Lister and junior Kady Schrann). Freshman Kylee Smith and Marqu'es Webb have both played big minutes this season.
** The team has dealt with adversity this season, including losing freshman star Rebekah Dahlman for the year in mid-December. Dahlman, a former McDonald's All-American and the all-time prep scoring leader in Minnesota history, had multiple procedures after being diagnosed with a blood clot. She started the first nine games of the season and led the SEC in 3-point percentage at the time of her injury. She was averaging 11.4 points per game.
** The team also lost sophomore Heather Bowe in late February. Bowe, who started the first 21 games of the season, is no longer enrolled for the spring semester after a violation of academic policy.

2013: #8 Bridgeport
2012: #7 Fresno
2011: #10 Spokane
2010: #6 Sacramento
2009: #4 Raleigh
2008: #4 Spokane
2007: #2 Greensboro
2006: #8 Cleveland
2005: #5 Kansas City
2004: #2 Midwest
2003: #4 East
2002: #1 Midwest
2001: #3 Midwest
2000: #9 Midwest
1998: #6 Mideast
1997: #6 West
1996: #3 Mideast
1995: #1 West
1994: #2 East
1993: #1 Midwest
1992: #3 East
1991: #10 Mideast
1990: #6 Mideast
1989: #7 East
1987: #5 East
1986: #5 Midwest



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