#11 WBB Battles #4 Duke on Thursday
Dec. 6, 2006
Vanderbilt has moved up to No. 11 in both polls since starting the season 8-0 for the first time in three years. The Commodores' best start under Head Coach Melanie Balcomb, now in her fifth season, was a 10-0 beginning to the 2003-04 season. That year, Vanderbilt won the Southeastern Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Commodores have not been ranked this high since the 2002-03 season.
Senior forward Carla Thomas ranks second in the SEC in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game. She posted her 10th-career double-double last week at UAB, scoring 32 points -- one off her career-high -- and 12 rebounds to lead the Commodores to a 22-point victory.
On Sunday against Clemson, senior Caroline Williams and junior Liz Sherwood both duplicated Thomas' feat. Sherwood scored 22 points on her 22nd birthday and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds, while Williams contributed 12 points and a personal-best 10 boards.
Vanderbilt's second Atlantic Coast Conference opponent in as many games, Duke improved to 7-0 with an impressive win over then-No. 19 Rutgers on Monday. Sophomore guard Abby Waner leads four Blue Devils in double-figures, averaging 16 points per game.
The game can be heard live on the radio, with veteran Charlie Mattos delivering the play-by-play on WNSR-560 AM. Outside of Nashville, the game will be available on Yahoo! Broadcasts.
ACC Select will also offer live online video coverage of the Vanderbilt vs. Duke women's basketball game. The game is available exclusively at accselect.com and can be watched live and later with on-demand replay with either a Single Event Pass ($3.99 per event) or an All Event Pass ($5.99 per month) which allows unlimited access to games. The site offers a free 15-day trial period.
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