Dec. 13, 2013
Vanderbilt (7-2, 0-0 SEC) at Hartford (2-8, 0-0 AEC)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Location: Hartford, Conn.
Radio: 560 AM, 95.9 FM (Charlie Mattos)
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The Vanderbilt women's basketball team is hoping to look rested -- not rusty -- when the Commodores take the floor on Sunday for their first game in nearly two weeks.
Riding a four-game winning streak, Vanderbilt (7-2) travels to Hartford, Conn., to face the Hartford Hawks (2-8) in a non-conference game at 1 p.m.
The Commodores haven't been in action since Dec. 3, when they downed ETSU, 92-71, at Memorial Gym. The long break between games encompassed final exams on the Vanderbilt campus.
Sunday's visit to Connecticut is the back half of a home-and-home series between Vanderbilt and Hartford. Last season, the Hawks came to Nashville in early December, and the Commodores posted a 67-45 victory in the first-ever meeting between the teams.
Kady Schrann scored 10 points in the win, and was the high scorer among players still on the roster. (Former Vanderbilt star Tiffany Clarke led all scorers with 22 points). Jasmine Lister added nine points for Vanderbilt, and Christina Foggie had four steals.
Hartford comes into the game with some momentum after beating Maine, 66-56, on Thursday night. Amber Bepko leads the team in scoring at 9.2 points per game.
Vanderbilt will be without freshman star Rebekah Dahlman, who was diagnosed with a blood clot earlier this week and underwent surgery on Tuesday and a follow-up procedure on Wednesday. Both procedures were successful, and the blood clot has been dissolved.
Dahlman has been released from the hospital and returned to campus, but no timetable has been set in regard to her return to action.
The freshman guard has started all nine games this season and is averaging 11.4 points per game. Dahlman currently leads the SEC and ranks 10th in the nation in 3-point percentage at 51.4 percent (18-of-35).
Prior to coming to Connecticut this weekend, the Commodores have had just one previous road trip. They visited Durham, N.C., on Nov. 21 and suffered an 88-69 loss to Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Vanderbilt has two more road games remaining on its non-conference schedule. The Commodores visit James Madison on Dec. 18 and then travel to Birmingham, Ala., to face UAB on Dec. 30.
COMMODORE QUICK HITTERS
*With her 429 career wins, Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb is the third-winningest coach in the SEC, trailing only UGA's Andy Landers (913) and Texas A&M's Gary Blair (651).
*Balcomb has posted 266 wins at Vanderbilt, and is the prgram's all-time wins leader. Among SEC coaches, only Landers -- who has won 831 games at Georgia -- has more victories at his/her current school than Balcomb.
* Vanderbilt leads the SEC and ranks fifth nationally in 3-point percentage at 43.8 percent.
* Vanderbilt ranks second in the SEC and seventh in the nation in field-goal percentage (49.3).
* The Commodores rank second in the SEC and 16th in the nation in free throw percentage (76.2).
* Vanderbilt ranks second in the SEC and 23rd in the nation in scoring at 82.6 points per game.
* Vanderbilt has won 433 games at Memorial Gym, and is tied with LSU for the most all-time home wins among SEC teams.
* Vanderbilt's .578 all-time winning percentage in conference play (since the first year of conference play in 1982) is the fifth highest in the SEC.
* Senior Christina Foggie leads the SEC in scoring, averaging 18.9 points per game.
* Jasmine Jenkins ranks second in the SEC in free-throw percentage at 94.3 (33-of-35) and has made 26 straight.
* Freshman Rebekah Dahlman leads the conference and ranks 10th in the nation in 3-point percentage at 51.4 percent (18-of-35).
* Foggie and Lister continue to steadily climb the all-time scoring list at Vanderbilt. Lister has amassed 1,334 points total points, and ranks 19th on the list. Foggie is close behind her with 1,324 points, ranking 21st. (Next up for Lister to pass: Ashley Earley at 1,382).