Star Gazing: The week ahead for the Commodores

Nov. 11, 2013

Even though they've played only one game, the Vanderbilt's women's basketball team is quickly creating plenty of buzz, and proving that indeed the stars - including some rising stars - play here.

Take freshman Rebekah Dahlman, for instance. The 5-9 guard from Braham, Minn., scored a team-high 23 points in Vanderbilt's season-opening 96-53 win over Appalachian State on Friday. It was the most points in a freshman debut in the program's history.

Her outing helped fuel a Vanderbilt victory in which the Commodores shot 57 percent from the floor, including 10-of-15 from 3-point range, and placed 10 players in the scoring column.

This week, the Commodores will be introducing the next crop of rising stars when National Signing Day takes place.

Signing Day will come amid a busy week that includes three games in the next six days. Here's a few things to keep an eye on this week:

MONDAY: HOST WESTERN KENTUCKY; SALUTE THE VETERANS Vanderbilt will honor our nation's service men and women on Monday with a several Veterans' Day promotions when the Commodores host Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. at Memorial Gym.

Veterans were able to get free advanced tickets for the game through a special promotion.

Also, all Veterans in attendance will be recognized at halftime.

WEDNESDAY: SIGNING DAY See who the latest Commodore signees are.

THURSDAY: HOST DELAWARE STATE (7 p.m.) Vanderbilt fans who attend Thursday's game can take their pictures in front of the #StarsPlayHere backdrop, in addition to posing with several "player cut-outs" that will be stationed at various places around the gym. Also, fans can pick a number of free items to show their support for the Commodores, including posters, magnetic schedules and shakers. Be gold, be bold!

SUNDAY: HOST MARQUETTE (2 p.m.) Sunday afternoon's game against Marquette will have a special emphasis on local children.

It will be "Eakin Elementary Day" at Memorial, and students from the school will form the fan tunnel for the Commodores to run through. Several of the Vanderbilt players recently visited Eakin Elementary and interacted with the students in the lunchroom and the playground. Also on Sunday, children who attend the game can come early to get a "Vanderbilt face tattoo" in the Southeast lobby.



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