Vanderbilt vs. Ball State
Monday Nov. 20, 2017
Nashville, Tenn. (Memorial Gym)
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1. Vanderbilt returns to the friendly-confines of Memorial Gym after spending its last two games on the road with back-top-back road trips to Central Michigan and Tulane. In total the Commodores have traveled 1140.40 miles in the first two weeks of the season. The Commodores will only play two home games in Nov. compared to five, including four consecutive before the holiday break in December.
2. Today’s game is Vanderbilt’s annual Education Game which features school aged children from the Nashville Metro schools. This will be the second consecutive Education Day game for the Commodores as their last outing at Tulane was also an Education game. Each student in attendance will receive an educational package and there will be educational in-game elements.
3. Vanderbilt is looking to get in the win column after falling to Tulane, 71-59 on Friday. The Commodores had three players in double figures led by Christa Reed’s team-best 12 points while Kaleigh Clemons-Green added 11 points. Freshman Autumn Newby tallied her first double-double and the first of the season for Vanderbilt with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
4. Senior Rachel Bell moved closer to 1,000 points after the Tulane game and sits just 145 points from the milestone. Bell, who is averaging 9.7 points per game, could hit the mark as early as the Lipscomb game on Dec. 28. Classmate Christa Reed is also nearing 1,000 points and needs just 235 to reach the mark this season. 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.
5. Vanderbilt is in the midst of a stretch of seven road games in their next 10 games. The Central Michigan game was the first of six road or neutral site games out of the next seven. In total, the Commodores will travel over 2,000 miles in the first month of the season with its 665-mile trip to Washington, D.C., being the longest trip of the first month of the season.
Setting the Scene
-The Commodores are back at home for the first time since its Nov. 10 opener against Middle Tennessee for the annual Education Day game which tips off at 12 pm.
Last Time Out
-Vanderbilt dropped a 71-59 road contest to Tulane on Friday. Christa Reed led the offense with 12 points while Autumn Newby recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Christa Reed’s 12 points marked her 37th career game in double figures.
-After slow first quarter starts in each of its first two games, the Commodores had a good start against the Green Wave, after being outscored 51-30 in the first quarter in the first two games, Vanderbilt trailed by just two points, 17-15, against the Green Wave.
-The Green Wave and Commodores had only met one other time before Fridays’ game, a win for the Commodores in Nashville in 2016-17.
-Ball State comes to Nashville with an unblemished 3-0 record with wins over Cleveland State, Missouri State and Lipscomb. The Cardinals opened the season on the road at Cleveland State but Monday’s meeting will be just their second road contest They will also face Tennessee State while they are in Tennessee.
-Moriah Monaco is leading the offense with 17.3 points per game and is one of three players in double figures. Joining Monaco in double figures is Carmen Grande with 15.3 points per game and Destiny Washington with 12.0 points per game. Washington leads the way on the glass with 8.0 rebounds per game.
-Ball State is the second school out of the MAC that the Commodores have faced this season joining Central Michigan who Vanderbilt faced on Nov. 14 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
With A Win
-The Commodores will move to 1-3 on the season and snap its current three-game skid.
-Move Vanderbilt to 1-1 in games at Memorial Gym this season.
Home Sweet Memorial Gym
For the first time in 10 days, the Commodores will play at Memorial Gym. After opening the season on Nov. 10 against Middle Tennessee, the Commodores traveled to Central Michigan for a Tuesday game and then to Tulane for a Friday matinee. The Commodores are strong at home and boast a 467-118 home record across 40 years and haven’t dropped more than six home games in program history.
Pack Your Ear Plugs, It’s Education Day!
Monday’s game is the annual Education Day game. The Commodores and Cardinals will be playing in front of over 3,000 school age children on Monday. This will be Vanderbilt’s second consecutive Education Day game as the Commodores and Tulane also played in front of over 1,000 school age children.