Commodores face big challenge at Duke

Nov. 20, 2013

Duke (3-0, 0-0 ACC) at Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-0 SEC)

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
Time: 5:30 p.m. CT

Location: Durham, N.C.
Venue: Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)

Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
Online Audio: Vanderbilt All Access (Subscription)
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Game Notes: Vanderbilt Game Notes

The Vanderbilt women's basketball team is set for its first road test of the season.

Actually, in this case, it will be more like an exam.

The Commodores (3-1) will be facing one of the nation's most explosive teams on Thursday night when they visit Durham, N.C., to play the No. 2/2 Duke Blue Devils.

Fueled by the explosive play of Tricia Liston (18.3 ppg), the Blue Devils are off to a 3-0 start. They opened the year with a 70-58 road win over California, then came home and crushed USC-Upstate, 123-40, followed by a victory this past Sunday at home over Alabama, 92-57.

The tradition-rich Blue Devils are averaging 95 points per game, and have six players who are averaging double figures in scoring. Along with Liston, the others include: Chelsea Gray (13.3 ppg), Elizabeth Williams (11.7), Haley Peters (11.7), Richa Jackson (11.3) and Alex Jones (10.0).

Peters is the team's leading rebounder, at 12.7 per game. Liston is averaging 7.3 rebounds per game, and Williams is averaging seven per game.

Thursday's game will represent the seventh all-time meeting between the Commodores and Blue Devils, with Duke owning a 4-2 lead in the series, including a 2-0 mark at home.

The most recent meeting came in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, when Duke downed Vanderbilt, 96-80, in Nashville.

The Commodores enter the game coming off their first loss of the season -- an 82-77 setback to Marquette last Sunday at Memorial Gym.

Vanderbilt owned a 14-point lead late in the first half, but ran into foul trouble in the second half and saw the feisty Golden Eagles rally for the victory.

The physical nature of the contest (coupled with the new NCAA rules) led to a choppy game in which the teams combined for 63 fouls and 74 free throws. Vanderbilt had three players foul out in the loss: Marqu'es Webb, Kylee Smith and Morgan Batey.

Christina Foggie had a huge game for Vanderbilt, scoring 30 points, just four shy of her career high. Foggie, who finished 16-of-18 at the foul line, currently leads the Commodores in scoring at 20.5 points per game.

Three other Vanderbilt players also reached double figures in Sunday's loss, with Jasmine Lister scoring 13 points, Rebekah Dahlman adding 12 and Jasmine Jenkins scoring 10.



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