Vanderbilt WBB Preseason Notebook - Oct. 11
Countdown to Tipoff
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team is a mere 29 days away from its first game on Nov. 10 against Middle Tennessee State. Fans will have two upcoming opportunities to catch a sneak peak of the team before the season-opener. Fans can come to an open practice on Oct. 22 and can catch the team in exhibition action on Oct. 29 against Marian at 2 pm.
From Coach White
On where the team is at this point in preseason ...
"I feel pretty good. We are much further along than we were at this point last year not just in terms of our system but in competitiveness and versatility. We're a little more athletic and we certainly have more size, so now its figuring out how to utilize those things to our advantage. We still have a way to go but I feel pretty good about where we are right now.
On specific things the team needs to work on heading into the season opener ...
"Defense and rebounding, no question, as well as attention to detail on both ends of the floor. The minutia is so important and a lot of time when you have a young team really being able to emphasize those things to help them understand is tough and just continuing to be able to push through adversity. Those are our three biggest things.
On players who are standing out at this point ...
"Christa Reed has really done a good job. She quiet, so it's not necessarily the vocal piece, but coming off injury and coming in and being able to do the things we are asking her to do and be more aggressive than she was at any point last year, has been good. I've been really impressed with our freshmen, Chelsie [Hall] and Autumn [Newby]. The way that they have picked up things as well as their joy and passion for the game and their competitive spirit."
Practice is Underway
The Commodores officially kicked off the 2017-18 season on Oct. 1 with the first official practice. The team is in its second full week of practice and continues to get better. As we march toward the season-opener on Nov. 10 check out some of our storylines for this season.
[ 2017-18 Storylines]
We LOVE our Alums
Vanderbilt held its annual Homecoming festivities on Oct. 7 in conjunction with the Georgia football game. The Commodores welcomed back alums for a fun-filled weekend which included an alumni mixer, a chance to watch practice and a pregame tailgate. Check out some photos from the alumni social mixer! [ Photo Gallery]
2017-18 Marks 25th Anniversary of 1993 Final Four Team
Vanderbilt will be celebrating its 1992-93 team throughout the 2017-18 season as we recognize the 25th Anniversary of Vanderbilt's run to the NCAA Final Four. VUCommodores.com will feature content on this team throughout the year and all Vanderbilt women's basketball social media sites will feature throwback content to that season. The team will be formally recognized the weekend of Feb. 3-4 when the Commodores host Tennessee.
Welcome to the Commodore Family
The Commodores will have plenty of new faces for fans to see this season. The women's hoops team welcomes six new faces to the team this year. True freshmen Chelsie Hall (Seffner, Fla./Seffner Christian), Autumn Newby (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer). Paige Warren (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) and Blessing Ejiofor (Ebonyi, Nigeria/Eastside [N.J.]) will all suit up for the Commodores this season. The team will also gain the services of two transfers in Bree Horrocks (Buford, Ga./Purdue) and Mariella Fasoula (Athens, Greece/Boston College). Horrocks will take to the court this season after transferring in as a graduate transfer and will have two years of eligibility. Fasoula will sit out in 2017-18 and will have two years of eligibility when she hits the hardwood in 2018-19. Welcome to the Vanderbilt women's basketball family!
Get To Know Our Newcomers
As we lead up to the season-opener, VUCommodores.com will run a weekly "Get To Know" with our newcomers. We kicked the series off with Blessing Ejiofor.
Full Schedule on Tap in 2017-18
The Commodores have a loaded schedule in 2017-18 and will play nine opponents who played in the NCAA Tournament in 2016-17. Vanderbilt will be road tested in the non-conference with seven of their first 10 games coming in the form of road contests. Vandy kicks off the season on Nov. 10 against local rival, Middle Tennessee State. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2011-12 season with the all-time series deadlocked at 8-8. The team will also head to Washington, D.C., for the Paradise Jam which was relocated to D.C. after Hurricanes Irma and Maria over the Thanksgiving weekend which will feature games against George Washington, Syracuse and Wisconsin. Other highlights include a matchup with Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Dec. 2 in Nashville and a home game against NC State on Dec. 19. The always challenging SEC slate will see Vanderbilt open conference play on Dec. 31 at LSU before hosting Georgia on Jan. 4. The Commodores will also host 2017 national champion, South Carolina, and Final Four participant Mississippi State.
Plenty of TV Time on Deck for Commodores
There will be plenty of opportunities to see the Commodores on television this season. Vanderbilt's Big 12/SEC Challenge matchup with Iowa State on Dec. 2 will be televised on SEC Network and is the first of eight games set to air on the SEC's flagship. The Commodores will have four home games televised on the SEC Network: Iowa State (Dec. 2). Kentucky (Jan. 15), Texas A&M (Jan. 28) and Mississippi State (Feb. 15). Road games televised on the SEC Network include: at LSU (Dec. 31), at Tennessee (Jan. 7), at Auburn (Feb. 12), at Florida (Feb. 18). The Commodores home game with Tennessee on Feb. 4 will air on ESPNU.
Follow Us on Social Media
For more information on the Vanderbilt women's basketball team check them out on the website at www.vucommodores.com,Twitter at @VandyWBB., Instagram at @VandyWBB and on Facebook at Vandy Hoops. Fans can also follow head coach Stephanie White on Twitter at @StephanieWhite