Commodores set for season opener Friday

Head coach Melanie Balcomb will be honored before Friday's season opener.

Nov. 7, 2013

Appalachian State (0-0, 0-0 Southern) at Vanderbilt (0-0, 0-0 SEC)
Date: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Memorial Gym (14,326)
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
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After months of anticipation and preparation, the Vanderbilt women's basketball team is ready to get things rolling.

The Commodores, who have advanced to the NCAA tournament in each of the past 14 seasons, open the regular season on Friday night, hosting Appalachian State at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt is coming off a 21-12 campaign last season, when the Commodores overcame a series of injuries under the direction of head coach Melanie Balcomb, who has led the team to 20 or more wins in each of her first 11 seasons.

Balcomb will be honored Friday night during a pregame ceremony for becoming the program's all-time leader in wins. Balcomb accomplished the feat last February, when she notched her 257th win at Vanderbilt with a victory over Auburn to surpass former head coach Jim Foster.

She will be directing a young Commodore team this season that has just three upperclassmen on the roster.

On Friday, Vanderbilt will face an Appalachian State team that posted a 20-11 mark last season. The Mountaineers, members of the Southern Conference, return five of its eight letterwinners from last season, but just one starter.

Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie are among the headliners for the Commodores. The two senior guards were each named All-SEC First Team by the conference's coaches, and have both scored more than 1,000 points in their careers at Vanderbilt.

This year's team gave fans a glimpse of the season last weekend, when the Commodores zoomed past UNA, 103-50, in an exhibition game.

Vanderbilt's highly-touted trio of freshman - Rebekah Dahlman, Marqu'es Webb and Kylee Smith - were impressive, as the threesome combined for 45 points. Dahlman scored a game-high 21 points and Webb added 14 to help lead the Commodores to the lopsided victory.

Every Vanderbilt player in uniform reached the scoring column, including eight in double figures. Six players - Foggie, Lister, Jasmine Jenkins, Smith, Morgan Batey and Rayte'a Long - scored 10 points each.



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