Catch up with the Vanderbilt women's basketball team.
July 18, 2012
The second summer session is in full-swing at Vanderbilt University and the women's basketball team is taking part in class and a whole lot more during their "vacation." VUCommodores.com takes a quick look at some of the happenings around the program.
Dores in the Community
Last Friday, the team hosted a group of kids from North Nashville TAP Program taking part in a summer day camp. The group joined the Commodores on the floor at Memorial to shoot some hoops, then spent some time in the locker room dancing and playing games.
Some of the highlights included Elan Brown's ability to spin a basketball on her finger and a great dance "competition" between senior Gabby Smith and freshman Morgan Batey.
Take a look at some of the Sights & Sounds from the event:
In addition, we let one of the kids take the camera for a bit and talk to the players, including a great cameo from the men's team's Shelby Moats.
Hall of Fame Honors
Former Vanderbilt head coach Jim Foster will be inducted in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2013, it was announced on Monday. The announcement came during halftime of the USA Women's Basketball team's Olympic warm-up game against Brazil. Foster will not be the only inductee with SEC ties, as he will be joined by Texas A&M and former Arkansas coach Gary Blair and Ole Miss player Peggie Gillom-Granderson. The rest of the class includes Connecticut's Jen Rizzotti, Annette Smith-Knight of Texas and Rugtger's Sue Wicks.
Currently the head coach at Ohio State, Foster was 256-99 in 11 seasons at Vanderbilt. For now, he remains the program's winningest coach, however current head coach Melanie Balcomb is poised to pass Foster. Balcomb has amassed 238 wins over 10 seasons and needs just 19 victories to surpass her predecessor.
The induction will take place on June 8, 2013, at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.
Stat of the Week
Everyone knows the Commodores return a good chunk of the roster for the 2012-13 campaign, but just how does that scoring break down? With 10 of 11 players back this year, that means the squad brings back 97.6% of its scoring. The only other team in the SEC (including Texas A&M and Missouri) that even comes close to returning the firepower Vanderbilt will is Alabama (90.2%).