2017 Paradise Jam (Washington, D.C.)
Game 1 - Nov. 23 at George Washington - 12:30 PM CT
Game 2 - Nov. 24 vs. Syracuse - 2:30 PM CT
Game 3 - Nov. 25 vs. Wiscinsin - 12:00 PM CT
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1. Vanderbilt is back on the road for its next three games playing in the Paradise Jam hosted by George Washington starting on Thanksgiving Day. The tournament, which was supposed to be played in the Virgin Islands, was moved to the states after the devastation from the Hurricanes left the Virgin Islands without a place to host the tournament. The Commodores instead will play George Washington Syracuse and Wisconsin at George Washington who us hosting the tournament.
2. The Commodores are looking to get in the win column after a loss to Ball State on Monday afternoon. Chelsie Hall led the way for the Commodores with a career-best 25 points. The freshman from Florida recorded her second game in double figures and became the first Commodore to hit 20 points this season. Her 25 points are also the most since Rachel Bell had 31 against Alabama in the 2017 SEC Tournament.
3. Vanderbilt has winning records against all of the teams they will face over the holiday weekend. The Dores are a combined 10-0 against George Washington, Syracuse and Wisconsin. The Badgers are the lone team Vanderbilt has met recently, as the Commodores traveled to Madison, Wisconsin in 2014-15 and came away with a 67-58 victory. The last meeting between Syracuse came in 2003-04 in Nashville and George Washington and Vanderbilt last meet in the 1999-00 season.
4. Senior Rachel Bell moved closer to 1,000 points after the Tulane game and sits just 133 points from the milestone. Bell, who is averaging 10.3 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 230 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. The Paradise Jam is the start of four consecutive road or neutral games for the Commodores. The Dores will play one road and two neutral site games in Washington D.C. and will travel to St. Louis on Nov. 29. In total, of its eight games in the month of November, six have come in the form of road or neutral sites. 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 open action at the 2017 Paradise Jam on Thanksgiving against host George Washington at 12:30 am CT and will take on Syracuse at 2:30 pm CT on Friday and closeout tournament action against Wisconsin on Saturday at 12 pm
Last Time Out
-Vanderbilt dropped an 88-79 home contest to Ball State on Monday. Freshman Chelsie Hall led the offense with a career high 25 points to become the first Vanderbilt player to crack 20 points this season. She also led the rebounding efforts with five boards.
-The Commodores shot a season-high 53.8 percent from the floor in the second half against the Cardinals on Friday. It was the second time this season, the Commodores have shot over 50 percent in the second half and have lost the game.
-Monday’s game against Ball State was the second team from the Mid-American Conference the Commodores have faced this season. Vanderbilt traveled to Central Michigan for the first-ever meeting between the teams and Ball State traveled to Nashville for just the second meeting between the teams.
-The host Colonials come into the tournament with a 2-2 record after a win over crosstown rival, Georgetown on Sunday. George Washington lost their first two games of the season to Princeton and South Dakota State before rebounding with wins over Townson and Georgetown. The team has three in double figures led by 15.0 points per game from Kelli Prange. Nella Luma leads the defense with 7.0 rebounds per game.
-Syracuse is 3-0 entering the tournament after defeating Hartford, 75-63 on Monday morning. The Cuse have wins over Morgan State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Hartford all coming at home. This weekend will be Syracuse’s first road and neutral site games this season. Miranda Drummond lead the offense with 15.7 points per game Tiana Mangakahala and Isis Young are also in double figures with 13.0 and 10.3 points per game, respectively. Drummond is also leading the way on the glass with 8.0 rebounds per game.
-Wisconsin enters the weekend with a 2-1 record after a 77-74 win over Southern on Monday night. Like Syracuse this will be Wisconsin’s first road trip of the season. Cayla McMorris leads the offense with 13.0 points per game and is joined in double figures by four other players. Marsha Howard is leading the way on the glass with 8.3 rebounds per game and is nearing a double-double average with 11.3 points per game.
With One Win
-The Commodores will move to 1-4 on the season and snap its current four-game skid.
-Give Vanderbilt its first road win of the season.
-Move the Dores to 5-0 against George Washington
With Two Wins
-Vanderbilt opens its first winning streak of the season
-The Commodores earn their first neutral site win of the season
-Moves the Commodores to 4-0 against Syracuse
With Three Wins
-Vanderbilt will win the Reef Division of the 2017 Paradise Jam
-The Dores will move to 3-4 on the season after opening the season with an 0-4 record
-The team will go to 4-0 against Wisconsin
November Tournament Time
The Commodores are playing in an in-season tournament for the 40th consecutive season. The last time Vanderbilt didn’t play an in-season tournament was in 1977-78 season. Last season, the Commodores won the Air Force tournament and have won four tournaments over the last five seasons.
Hall Goes for 25
Freshman Chelsie Hall showed why she has been in the starting lineup each of the last four games as she exploded for a career-best 25 points against Ball State. Hall, who is averaging a team-best 11.3 points per game, is the first player to score 20 points this season and the first to top 20 since Rachel Bell scored 31 points against Alabama in the 2017 SEC Tournament.
Power Five Foes on Deck
This weekend’s tournament marks the first time this season the Commodores will be tested by power five foes. The Dores have played some of the top mid-major foes in Middle Tennessee, Central Michigan, Ball State and Tulane and will add George Washington to the list this weekend but will also face 2016 Final Four participant Syracuse and Wisconsin out of the Big Ten.