Commodore Classics: WBB defeats No. 1 Georgia in 1996
July 17, 2013
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For the first time in school history, Vanderbilt's women's basketball team defeated the nation's No. 1-ranked team when the Commodores upset Georgia, 71-66, on Feb. 16, 1996.
Georgia had a 19-game winning streak before facing the Commodores, and was a team that was coming off of a Final Four appearance.
Vanderbilt was led by Sheri Sam, who poured in a career-high 32 points and outueled Georgia All-American Saudia Roundtree. Roundtree was limited to just 6-of-25 shooting.
Sam scored 20 of her points in the second half and also collected 10 rebounds in the game.
"I was excited because they are the No. 1 team in the nation," Sam told the media after the game. "It was great to play a team like that."
The game was played before a crowd of 8,176 - the fifth largest crowd in school history at the time. Vanderbilt was ranked No. 13 and improved to 18-5 overall and 6-4 in the SEC. The Commodores had lost five of their last eight games before upsetting Georgia.
Georgia fell to 21-3 overall and 9-1 in the SEC after having its second-longest winning streak of all-time snapped.
"I have absolutely no idea what happened," Roundtree said after the game. "No idea."
Vanderbilt's next win against a No. 1-ranked team would come in 2001 when the Commodores defeated top-ranked Tennessee at the SEC Tournament.
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