Vanderbilt vs. Iowa State
Nashville, Tenn. (Memorial Gym)
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1.The Commodores are back at Memorial Gym on Saturday to take on Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Saturday’s contest is the first home game in the last four outings and the first since a Nov. 20 game with Ball State. Vanderbilt made six road trips through the first eight game of the season. The Iowa State game opens a stretch of five home games in the next six contests, including a stretch of four straight. The lone road contest in the stretch will be a trip to No. 4 Louisville on Dec. 7.
2.Vanderbilt is coming off a thrilling 74-69 road win at Saint Louis on Wednesday. The Commodores scored 20-points in the fourth quarter and closed the game on a 12-3 run to earn its second road win of the season. Christa Reed led the offense with a team-high 15 points and was joined by Chelsie Hall and Kayla Overbeck who had 14 and 10 points, respectively. Autumn Newby tallied her second career game with double-digit rebounds with a game-high 13 rebounds.
3. Saturday’s game with Iowa State will be a part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Commodores will be competing in the Challenge for the first time since it was started in 2014-15 season. This is the second consecutive season the Challenge will feature 10 games. The games will be contested on campus sites with five home games for each conference. The SEC edged the Big 12 last year with a score of 6-4.
3. For the third straight game, the Commodores found themselves in a tight game entering the fourth quarter. Vanderbilt took a two-point lead into the fourth against Saint Louis, trailed by two points against Wisconsin and trailed by four points against Syracuse. In addition, the last three games have been decided by a combined 13 points and the Wisconsin game required overtime to decide the winner. This season, Vanderbilt is 2-2 in games decided by 10 points or less.
4. Vanderbilt seniors Rachel Bell and Christa Reed are both moving closer to the 1,000-point milestone. Bell sits just 70 points from the milestone while Reed is 187 points away from 1,000. Bell, who is averaging 13.0 points, could hit the milestone as early as the Dec. 19 game against NC State. Reed, who is currently averaging 10.4 points per game, is on pace to hit the milestone during SEC play.
Setting the Scene
-The Commodores are finally back in the friendly-confines of Memorial Gym to face Iowa State in the 2017 version of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tipoff is set for 3 PM and will be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network.
Last Time Out
-Vanderbilt picked up its second road win with a 74-69 win at Saint Louis on Wednesday. Christa Reed led the Dores with a team-best 15 points for her third straight game in double figures. Freshman Autumn Newby recorded a career-best 13 rebounds for her second game with double-digit rebounds.
-Kayla Overbeck tallied her third straight game in double figures with 10 points off the bench. Overbeck, who was averaging just 4.8 ppg entering the Paradise Jam, is averaging 10.0 ppg in the last three games.
-With the win over Saint Louis, the Commodores move to 2-0 against teams from the A-10 after defeating George Washington, 69-59, in their first game of the Paradise Jam.
-The Cyclones enter the Big 12/SEC Challenge with a 3-3 record after falling on the road to instate rival Drake, 83-80 on Thursday night.
-Bridget Carleton leads the offense with 18.3 points per game while also grabbing 6.2 assists. Kristin Scott is averaging 9.2 rebounds per game to lead the way on the glass.
-The Commodores and Cyclones have two opponents in common in Tulane and Central Michigan. Vanderbilt dropped contests to both Tulane and Central Michigan while Iowa State split with a win over Tulane and a loss to Central Michigan.
With A Win
-The Commodores will move to 3-6 on the season and win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
-Give Vanderbilt its first home win of the season and first win in the Big 12/SEC Challenge
- Move the all-time series to 2-2 and be the Commodores first regular-season win over the Cyclones since 2007-08 in Nashville.
Home Sweet Memorial Gym
The Commodores are starting off December the right way … at home in Memorial Gym. In the fourth week of the season, the Commodores have only played two home games entering the Iowa State game. Vanderbilt joins SEC counterparts LSU and Missouri as teams who will have only played two home games through the first month of the season. The schedule will flip in December as the Commodores will be home five times in December including a stretch of four straight games. The only time the Dores will hit the road will be to travel to No. 4 Louisville on Dec. 7 and to open the SEC slate at LSU on Dec. 31.
Big 12/SEC Challenge
Today’s game is part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The challenge features 10 games between the two conferences is played on campus sites with five hosted by SEC schools and five hosted by Big 12 schools. The challenge started in 2014 and the SEC won the 2016 Challenge, 6-4. This will be Vanderbilt’s first time to play and host a Challenge game.
Smile For the Camera
Saturday’s game will be the first televised contest for the Commodores this season. The game will be broadcasted nationally on the SEC Network. The Commodores were 10-15 in games played on television last year, which included SECN+ broadcasts.
Road Wins For the Road Warriors
The Commodores picked up their second road win of the season at Saint Louis on Wednesday. Both of Vanderbilt’s wins have come on the road this season and putting the Commodores one road win away from tying last year’s road win total just a month into the season.
Newby Cleans The Glass
Freshman Autumn Newby made a statement on the boards against Saint Louis, registering a game-high 13 boards in the Vanderbilt win. Newby’s 13 rebounds are the most since Marque’s Webb grabbed 12 in a loss to South Carolina in Columbia. Newby is leading the Commodores on the glass with a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game.