Nov. 22, 2012
Scouting The Commodores
The No. 16 Vanderbilt women's basketball team takes a 3-1 record to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout. Melanie Balcomb's Commodores are coming off a tough 71-66 loss at Dayton on Sunday. Tiffany Clarke led Vanderbilt in the contest (23 points, nine rebounds) and leads the team in scoring and rebounding on the season with 17.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Her .614 field goal percentage leads the Southeastern Conference. Christina Foggie is averaging 16.3 points per game, as well as 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. The Preseason All-SEC First Team selection scored 15 in the loss at Dayton. Jasmine Lister joins Clarke and Foggie in double figures at 11.0 points per game. Lister is also posting 5.25 assists per outing, third in the SEC. Joining those three in the starting lineup thus far on the season has been Elan Brown (7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds) and Kady Schrann (5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds).
Scouting The Cavaliers
Virginia will head to the San Juan Shootout with a 3-0 record and wins over James Madison, Penn and Providence College. A trio of double digit scorers leads the Cavaliers. Ataira Franklin is the top scorer at 15.7 points per game. She had 14 in Virginia's last outing, a 61-42 win over the Friars. Sarah Imovbioh is next, posting 13.3 points per game and grabbing a team-high 8.7 rebounds per contest. She posted a double-double against the Friars, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Kelsey Wolfe rounds out the top-three, posting 13.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Joanne Boyle is in her first year as head coach at Virginia and led the Cavaliers to the WNIT Quarterfinals in 2012.
Scouting The Seminoles
Like Virginia, Florida State carries a 3-0 record to San Juan. The Seminoles have wins over Samford, Florida and Stetson, all at home, and boast five scorers in double figures. Chelsea Davis leads the way at 18.0 points per game, followed by Natasha Howard at 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per outing. Leonor Rodriguez averages 14.0 per outing, while Alexa Deluzio is posting 11.3 per game. Chasity Clayton rounds out the group averaging a double-double at 11.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. FSU has already met one SEC school this season, defeating Florida, 98-67. Rodriguez led the Seminoles with 21 points, while Howard and Deluzio each added 18. Head Coach Sue Semrau is in her 16th season leading the Seminoles and is a three-time ACC Coach of the Year.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Virginia
Vanderbilt and Virginia have played on five occasions, with the Cavaliers holding a 3-2 edge in the series. The teams last met in 1996, when the Commodores traveled to Charlottesville and lost, 65-49. Vanderbilt took a 72-65 win in Nashville the season before. The teams met in the 1992 Elite Eight, with Virginia ending Vanderbilt's season thanks to a 70-58 win. Twice Vanderbilt and Virginia have met during an in-season tournament. Virginia won the first-ever meeting in 1989 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, 76-74. Vanderbilt took a win at the Hilton Head Shootout in 1992, a 66-63 victory.
The Series - Vanderbilt vs. Florida State
Florida State and Vanderbilt will be meeting for the third time in three years, with the all-time series even at a game apiece. Florida State won a 72-62 decision in Tallahassee in 2010, before Vanderbilt got revenge with a 64-59 win at Memorial Gym a season ago. Christina Foggie led the Vanderbilt effort, scoring 18 points, while Jasmine Lister added 10 points and six assists. Stephanie Holzer had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
On Deck - Austin Peay
Vanderbilt will return home to Memorial Gym for the first time in nearly two weeks when the Commodores host Austin Peay at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28.