Women's Basketball
WBB Update - Going South

July 25, 2012

VUCommodores.com is back with another update on the women's basketball program. The student-athletes continue to working hard with classes and workouts, while the coaching staff has been hard at work on the recruiting trail. Basketball may be the last thing fans think about in July, but at a program like Vanderbilt, the work never stops.

San Juan Shootout
We start off with some exciting scheduling news. Head Coach Melanie Balcomb's team will be participating in the 2012 San Juan Shootout, which will take place November 22-24 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Vanderbilt will be joined by Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia and Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the event, with the exact match-ups to be determined at a later date.

In the coming weeks, VUCommodores.com will let fans know about ticket opportunities for the event, should they be looking for a little fun in the sun and some exciting basketball.

Many of our fans will be quick to notice this is Thanksgiving weekend, which does mean Vanderbilt will not host its annual Thanksgiving Tournament for the first time since the 1998-99 season. It also marks the first time there will not be some form of an in-season tournament at Memorial since the 1989-90 season. While scheduling is an ever-changing dynamic, the current plan is for the Thanksgiving Tournament to be played every other season.

In addition, look for the rest of the non-conference schedule to be released within the next couple of weeks.

Making The Roster
For those of you who haven't noticed, the 2012-13 roster is now available online, as well as biographies of the freshman players. It's grown quite a bit from 11 players last year, to 16 this season.

All six freshman are now included, and you can click on their names to view their biographies. Click here to view the 2012-13 roster. Among the highlights on the bio pages are each freshman in their own words on why they chose to come to Vanderbilt.

 

 

A few quick tidbits on the new roster:
- The Commodores now represent nine different states (California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin).
- Stephanie Holzer and Clair Watkins remain two of the tallest players on the roster at 6'4", but they are now joined by Kendall Shaw who also stands 6'4". Jasmine Lister remains the team's most diminutive player at 5'4".
- Nadine Ndip will change numbers this season, sporting 13 on her jersey. Freshman Heather Bowe will don the number three.

Stat of the Week
Since 2000, only two programs in Division I Women's Basketball have been ranked in the top-20 nationally in field goal percentage every season - Connecticut and Vanderbilt.

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