- The Commodores will hit the road for the first time this week with back-to-back road games. Vanderbilt will head North to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to take on defending MAC regular-season champion, Central Michigan on Tuesday and will travel to the Big Easy to take on Tulane on Friday. The Commodores will spend a lot of time on the road in the early part of the season as seven of Vanderbilt’s first 10 games are on the road.
- Vanderbilt is looking to get back in the win column on Tuesday when it faces Central Michigan. The Commodores dropped their season and home opener to backyard foe, Middle Tennessee, 65-54, on Friday night. Christa Reed led the offense with a team-best 14 points and was joined in double figures by Kayla Overbeck. Reed and Erin Whalen led the rebounding efforts with four boards each.
- Two members of Vanderbilt’s freshmen class made their collegiate debuts against Middle Tennessee. Chelsie Hall and Blessing Ejiofor each saw action against the Blue Raiders. Hall made her way into the starting lineup in her collegiate debut and was joined in the starting lineup by Purdue graduate transfer Bree Horrocks.
- Seniors Rachel Bell and Christa Reed are approaching the 1,000-point milestone. Bell entered the season just 174 points away from the milestone and after Friday’s game is now 165 points away while Reed needs just 254 points to hit the mark. Should both seniors reach the mark, it will be the first time since the 2012-13 season in which two or more players have hit the milestone.
- The Commodore women’s basketball family expanded by two during the NCAA’s early signing period as local products, Briane Alexander (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Jordyn Cambridge (Nashville, Tenn.) inked with the Commodores. The duo is the No. 18 class nationally and are the second top 25 class for Vanderbilt in the last three seasons.
With A Win
-The Commodores will move to 1-1 on the season and earn the programs first-ever win over Central Michigan
-Give Vanderbilt its first road win of the season and the first since an 80-72 win over ETSU on Dec. 8, 2016.
-It would also mark Vanderbilt’s first win in a road-opener since 2014-15.
Setting the Scene
-The Commodores will hit the road for the first time this season when they travel to Mt. Pleasant Michigan to take on defending MAC regular-season champion, Central Michigan. This will be the first meeting between the programs.
Last Time Out
-Vanderbilt dropped its season-opener, 65-54 to backyard foe, Middle Tennessee on Friday. Christa Reed led the Commodore offense with 14 points and was joined in double figures by sophomore Kayla Overbeck with 10 points. Reed and Erin Whalen posted four rebounds each.
-Reed’s 14 points marked her 36th career game in double figures while Overbeck’s 10 points was the 16th time she reached double digits.
-Friday’s game was the first meeting between Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee since an NCAA Tournament game in Nashville in 2012 which the Commodores won. It was the first regular season meeting between the teams since the 1991-92 season.
-Central Michigan is also looking for their first win of the season after falling to Purdue, 79-69, on Friday. The Chippewa’s led the majority of the game before Purdue went on a late run, scoring the last eight points of the game to pick up the win.
-Reyna Frost led Central Michigan with 23 points and 18 rebounds against Purdue and played all 40 minutes of the contest. Joining Frost in double figures were Presley Hudson (21) and Micaela Kelly (12).
-Central Michigan is the defending MAC regular season champion and are ranked No. 9 in the CollegeInsider Mid-Major Poll. The Chippewa’s were 23-9 last season and reached the first round of the WNIT.
Hittin’ the Road
-Tuesday’s road game at Central Michigan is the first of 15 road or neutral regular-season games. The game against the Chippewa’s is the first of six road games out of the Commodores next seven games. The lone home game in this span will be an Educational day game against Ball State on Nov. 20. This stretch also includes a span of four consecutive road or neutral games. Vanderbilt is looking to right its road woes this season. Last season, the Commodores posted a 3-10 record away from Nashville and were 0-8 on the road in the SEC.
-Through the first month of the season the Commodores will travel 2,115.3 miles for six road games.
Nashville – Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Central Michigan) – 607.2 miles
Nashville – New Orleans (Tulane) – 533.2 miles
Nashville – Washington, D.C. (Paradise Jam) – 665.8 miles
Nashville – St. Louis (St. Louis) – 309.1 miles