Vanderbilt at Saint Louis
Wednesday Nov. 29
7 pm CT
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1. The Commodores will close out a four-game road swing with Wednesday’s contest at Saint Louis. Vanderbilt has camped out on the road for the majority of the month of November and Wednesday’s road came will close out six road games in the first eight games of the season. On the flip side, Saturday’s contest against Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge will open a stretch of five of the next six games coming in the form of home games at Memorial Gym.
2. Vanderbilt is coming off a 1-2 showing at the Paradise Jam last week. The Commodores picked up their first win of the season on Thanksgiving with a 69-59 win over Paradise Jam host George Washington and dropped contests to Syracuse and Wisconsin by a combined eight points with Wisconsin’s game going into overtime. Senior Rachel Bell was named to the Paradise Jam All-Tournament team after averaging 18.0 ppg and dropping a career-best 31 points against Syracuse including going 7-of-10 from long range to tie the Paradise Jam single-game record.
3. Vanderbilt and Wisconsin went to overtime in the final game of the Paradise Jam, marking the first overtime contest for the Commodores this season and the first overtime game in the Stephanie White era. The Commodores have a 25-16 all-time record in overtime contests and last lost an overtime contest in 2011-12 prior to the Wisconsin game. The Dores have played four double overtime games and have only dropped one.
4. Senior Rachel Bell tied her career-high with 31 points against Syracuse for her second career 30-point outing and the first 30-point outing for a Commodore this season. The Cumberland Furnace native’s 31 points were the most points scored by an individual at the Paradise Jam and her seven three-pointers were a new career-best and just shy of the Vanderbilt single-game record. Bell’s seven three-pointers also tied the Paradise Jam single-game record.
5. Vanderbilt seniors Rachel Bell and Christa Reed are both moving closer to the 1,000-point milestone. Bell sits just 79 points from the milestone while Reed is 202 points away from 1,000. Bell, who is averaging 13.6 points, could hit the milestone as early as the Dec. 19 game against NC State. Reed, who is currently averaging 9.4 points per game, should hit the milestone during SEC play.
Setting the Scene
-The Commodores are back on the road on Wednesday when they travel to Saint Louis, Mo. to take on the Saint Louis Bilikens. Tipoff is set for 7 pm from Chaifetz Arena. Wednesday’s game will close out a four game road or neutral game stretch for the Commodores.
Last Time Out
-Vanderbilt went 1-2 at the Paradise Jam hosted by George Washington. The Dores picked up their first win of the season with a 69-59 win over George Washington on Thanksgiving and dropped a close contest to Syracuse, 84-78, and an overtime contest to Wisconsin, 71-73 to close the tournament.
-Rachel Bell tied the Paradise Jam single-game record for three-pointers with a career-best seven in the loss to Syracuse. Bell also tied her career-best with 31 points against the ‘Cuse.
-With the win over George Washington, Vanderbilt moves to 5-0 against the Colonials while the losses to Syracuse and Wisconsin move the series records to 3-1 against both teams.
-The Bilikens enter Wednesday’s game with a 2-3 record after falling to LSU 71-59 in the final game of the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday. Saint Louis went 1-1 over the tournament
-Jackie Kemph leads the offense with 16.0 points per game and is dishing out 7.4 assists per game while Maddison Grits is leading the way on the glass with a team-best 9.6 rebounds per game.
-Vanderbilt will be the third SEC school the Bilikens will have face. Saint Louis defeated Ole Miss at the DePaul Maggie Dixon Classic, 79-64, and dropped a 71-59 contest to LSU in its last outing.
With A Win
-The Commodores will move to 2-6 on the season and snap its current two-game skid
-Give Vanderbilt its second true road win of the season
- Move the all-time series to 5-0 against Saint Louis and be the second win in St. Louis and the first since the first meeting in the series in 2003-04.
Hitting the Road … Again
Wednesday’s road contest at Saint Louis will be the fourth consecutive true or neutral road game for the Commodores. In the first month of the season, Vanderbilt has played five of its seven games on the road and sports a 1-4 road record to date. Through the first month of the season the Commodores will travel 2,115.3 miles for six road games. Vanderbilt is looking to right its road woes this season. Last season, the Commodores posted a 3-10 record away from Nashville and were 0-8 on the road in the SEC.
Nashville – Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (Central Michigan) – 607.2 miles
Nashville – New Orleans (Tulane) – 533.2 miles
Nashville – Washington, D.C. (Paradise Jam) – 665.8 miles
Nashville – St. Louis (St. Louis) – 309.1 miles
Bell Goes For 31 vs. Syracuse
Senior Rachel Bell was on fire against Syracuse in the second game of the Paradise Jam. The Tennessee native tied her career best with 31 points against the Cuse and went 7-of-10 from the long range to set a new career best and tie the Paradise Jam single-game three-point record. Bell’s 31 points are the most points and individual scored in a single game over the three-day tournament. Bell averaged 18.0 points per game at the Paradise Jam.
Bell Hits Seven From Downtown
Bell’s seven triples will earn her a spot in the Vanderbilt record books as her seven long-range bombs tie her for the second-most triples in a single-game. She joins Christina Foggie, Caroline Williams, Jillian Danker and Julie Powell as Dores to hit seven in a game. The senior was just one away from tying the program record and two away from holding the top spot by herself. For her career, Bell is shooting .369 percent from long range.