Star Gazing: The week ahead for the Commodores

JasmineLister had 14 points and seven rebounds in Sunday's win over Hartford.

Dec. 16, 2013

CURRENT STREAK: Won five straight
NEXT GAME: at James Madison, Dec. 18, 6 p.m.

After a long break between games, the Commodores returned to action on Sunday afternoon and posted a hard-fought 65-56 road victory at Hartford to stretch their winning streak to five games.

It was the first of two consecutive road games for the Commodores, who visit James Madison on Wednesday night.

Prior to Sunday's contest against Hartford, the Commodores had not played a game since Dec. 3, when they beat ETSU, 92-71, at Memorial Gym. The long layoff between games was built into the schedule to allow the Vanderbilt players to concentrate on final exams.

Jasmine Lister played a pivotal role in Sunday's win, scoring all of her team-high 14 points in the second half. She finished 4-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the foul line while also collecting a team-high seven rebounds.

Heather Bowe added 11 points and was only other Commodore in double figures.

Vanderbilt came into the game as substantial favorites, but Hartford didn't play along with the script. The Hawks built a nine-point lead early in the game and battled Vanderbilt to a 47-47 tie late in the second half before the Commodores closed the game on an 18-9 run to escape with the win.

Vanderbilt played Sunday's game without the services of freshman guard Rebekah Dahlman, who is out indefinitely after undergoing two procedures last week to dissolve a blood clot.

Dahlman had been in the starting lineup for each of Vanderbilt's first nine games and was leading the SEC in 3-point percentage before being sidelined.

Wednesday night's visit to James Madison will be a challenging trip for the Commodores.

James Madison is off to an 8-2 start this season, including wins over Virginia, UCLA, St. John's and Pittsburgh. The Dukes will carry a three-game winning streak into Wednesday's game. They have faced one SEC team this season, falling to Miss. State, 65-52, on Nov. 30.

VU Hosts UNC-Asheville; Teddy Bear toss promotion returns

The Commodores return to Memorial Gym on Dec. 21 to host UNC-Asheville at 11:30 a.m.

The game will feature the annual Teddy Bear toss - a popular promotion sponsored by Erie Insurance that allows fans to get in the holiday spirit and benefits local children by providing stuffed animals as Christmas presents.

It works like this: Fans are encouraged to bring a new teddy bear or stuffed animal to the gym. During a designated time, a target will be placed at the center of the gym and fans will attempt to hit the target with the stuffed animals. The fan that makes it in the target (or comes closest) will win a Vanderbilt prize pack. More importantly, all the teddy bears and stuffed animals will be donated to the Monroe Carell Jr.'s Children Hospital.

The Vanderbilt men will also play that day, hosting Georgia Tech at 3 p.m.



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