Thanksgiving Tournament opens Friday

Freshman Kylee Smith and the Commodores will face Elon in the opening round of the Thanksgiving Tournament on Friday.

Nov. 25, 2013

Friday Games
Elon (2-2, 0-0 Southern Conference) at Vanderbilt (4-2, 0-0 SEC)

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. CT

Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Memorial Gymnasium (14,326)

Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
TV: None

Tickets: Free Admission to All Four Games
Webcast: (subscription)
Live Stats: View
Game Notes: Vanderbilt Game Notes

Mercer (3-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) vs. Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten)

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT

Location: Nashville, Tenn.
Venue: Memorial Gymnasium (14,326)

Live Stats: View

Saturday Games
Consolation Game: 4 p.m.
Championship Game: 6 p.m.

After a one-year break, a holiday tradition will resume this week when the Vanderbilt women's basketball program hosts a four-team Thanksgiving Tournament at Memorial Gym.

Admission is free to all four games of the two-day event.

The tourney opens on Friday at 4 p.m. with Vanderbilt facing Elon, followed by Wisconsin meeting Mercer at 6:30 p.m. The event concludes on Saturday, with the consolation game at 4 p.m. and the championship game at 6:30 p.m.

Throughout the history of the tournament, the Commodores have developed their own tradition -- feasting on their opponents.

Vanderbilt has never tasted defeat in the tournament, posting a 26-0 mark at the event. The Commodores defeated Oklahoma (ranked No. 13/14 at the time) in the championship game of the 2011 Thanksgiving Tournament to extend their perfect record.

The tournament took a one-year break last season, when the Commodores spent the Thanksgiving holidays in Puerto Rico, competing in the San Juan Shootout.

The Commodores will carry a 4-2 mark into this year's tournament, and will be looking to build on the momentum they gained during Sunday's impressive 82-52 win over Dayton. The win, fueled by 17 points by Rebekah Dahlman, snapped a two-game losing skid for Vanderbilt.

Wisconsin comes into the tournament with a 3-1 mark. The Badgers opened the season by beating Drake, Milwaukee and Northern Illinois, with all three wins coming by 20 points or more. Wisconsin then suffered its first loss last week, falling to Alabama, 70-62.

Mercer brings a 3-2 record into the tourney, having posted wins over Western Carolina, Troy and Furman, and losing to Belmont and Georgia. The loss to Georgia was by a 72-41 margin.

Elon is 2-2 on the year after opening the season with wins over Winston-Salem State and UNC-Wilmington, followed by losses to Virginia Commonwealth and East Carolina.



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