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Commodores take on Eastern Kentucky after 10-day break

Eastern Kentucky
Sunday, Dec. 15 • 3 p.m.
Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, Tenn.
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Charlie Mattos (play-by-play)
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Game Notes

• Its a Winter Wonderland. Hot chocolate, cookie decorating, letters to the North Pole, pictures with Mr. C.

• Ugly Sweaters. Bring your own or make one at the game. 

• Teddy Bear toss. Bring a teddy bear or buy one at the game. Throw it on the court at halftime to donate to local children’s charities.

• Vanderbilt stocking giveaway to the first 500 fans.

• Vanderbilt is 5-0 all-time against Eastern Kentucky, including a 4-0 record at home.

• In their last meeting, the Commodores defeated the Colonels, 80-38, on Nov. 19, 2008 in Nashville.

• Vanderbilt is 75-22 all-time against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference, including wins over Jacksonville State and Tennessee State already this season.

Looking Astern
• Ten days ago, Vanderbilt trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and went into the locker room down by six, but the Commodores rallied with another big third quarter to take down Tennessee State, 75-61, at historic Memorial Gymnasium on Dec. 5.

Fifth-year senior Mariella Fasoula finished with her second straight double-double and fourth of the year with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while junior guard Chelsie Hall tied a career-high with eight rebounds to go along with a season-high 15 points.

Below Deck: Vanderbilt
• Vanderbilt has used three different starting lineups in the last three games. Freshman Koi Love made her first start in Vandy’s last contest (Dec. 5 vs. Tennessee Tech).

• Vanderbilt is 6-0 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the field (0-3 when not).

• The Commodores are 5-0 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponent (1-3 with more or equal).

• Vanderbilt has outrebounded every opponent this year.

• In nine games this season, Vanderbilt has had four different leading scorers and four different leading rebounders.

• Vanderbilt won its first two games for the first time since 2014-15 (started 5-0). The Commodores also won their road opener for the first time since 2014 at Wisconsin. The three-game winning streak in November was the program’s first since December of 2016.

• Last season, Vanderbilt scored 80 points three times. In just the first six games this season, the Commodores eclipsed 80 points three times and 100 points once. The 106-point outing at Tennessee State was the program’s first over the century mark since 2011 at Florida.

Plan of Attack
Coach White’s halftime adjustments have been evident. Vanderbilt has won the third quarter in eight of its nine games. Excluding No. 4 UConn, the Commodores have more than doubled up the opposition in the third quarter, 158-71. That averages to an advantage of 20-9 every third quarter.

Court Marital
• Sophomore Jordyn Cambridge entered the week ranked No. 12 in the nation and atop the SEC in steals. She has 31 steals this season after she totaled 20 steals in 24 games as a freshman last year.

• Cambridge was the first Commodore with seven steals in a game (Nov. 17 vs. Saint Louis) since Jennifer Risper on Nov. 23, 2008 against Michigan.

• At five-foot-nine, Cambridge leads the Commodores with seven blocks this season (she had two blocks last season).

• Cambridge hauled in a career-high eight rebounds at Tennessee State on Nov. 25. She has 6+ rebounds in five of eight games this season.

Alexander the Sophomore
• Sophomore Brinae Alexander scored in double figures in her first six games this season and was Vanderbilt’s leading scorer before her injury in the first quarter on Thanksgiving Day against Rutgers at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.

• In the season opener, Alexander (20 points, four steals) was the first Commodore in more than eight years to finish with 20+ points and 4+ steals in a game. The last Vanderbilt player to pull off the feat was Jence Rhoads when she went for 21 and 5 against Arkansas on March 4, 2010.

Home Port
Vanderbilt has matched its home win total from a year ago. The Commodores were 5-9 at home last year but have reached five wins in just six home games this season (most since 10 home wins in 2016-17.

• Vanderbilt opened the season with five straight games at Memorial Gymnasium and went 4-1 with its only loss to No. 4 UConn (62-50).

• The Commordoes did not leave the friendly confines of the Music City for their first six games. The first road contest of the season was at neighboring Tennessee State (Nov. 25).

• The first time the Commodores left Nashville this season was on a flight to the Bahamas. Vanderbilt played Rutgers and Seton Hall at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Nov. 28-29.

• The only other road contests for the Commodores in the nonconference season will be in Seattle, Washington. Vanderbilt will take on UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and Washington (Dec. 21) at the Husky Classic.

A Vandy Win Would…
… make the Commodores 7-3­—their best 10-game start since 2016-17 (9-1 in White’s first season).
… make the Commodores 10-1 in their last 11 nonconference home games against unranked foes.
… be the fourth straight at home.
… mark the sixth in six games against the Colonels.
… match last season’s win total in just 10 games.

A Vandy Loss Would…
… mark the first in six all-time meetings with Eastern Kentucky.
… be less good than a win.

On Deck
• Next up, Vanderbilt will travel to Seattle, Washington, to take on UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and Washington (Dec. 21) at the Husky Classic.

• When the Commodores return home, they will conclude nonconference play against Columbia on Dec. 29.

• SEC play will begin against Auburn on Jan. 2 at Memorial Gymnasium.