Bahamas Bound

Commodores bring three-game win streak to Caribbean

Rutgers Seton Hall/Georgia Tech
Thursday, Nov. 28 • 2 p.m. CT Friday or Saturday • TBA
Gateway Christian Academy Gym Gateway Christian Academy Gym
Birmini, Bahamas Birmini, Bahamas
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• Rutgers: Vanderbilt is 2-0 all-time against Rutgers with both wins coming in Nashville. In their first meeting the Commodores outlasted the Scarlet Knights 78-75 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 14, 1990. The most recent matchup with the Scarlet Knights came on Dec. 29, 1995 when the Commodores defeated Rutgers, 79-53.

• Seton Hall: This would be the first meeting between the Commodores and Pirates.

• Georgia Tech: Vanderbilt is 4-2 all-time against Georgia Tech and 1-0 in neutral site games against the Yellow Jackets. The Commodores have won the last four meetings against Georgia Tech including the most recent matchup a 72-55 neutral site win in the Russell Athletic Shootout in Duluth, Georgia on Jan. 21, 2007. The last Yellow Jackets win was on Feb. 19, 1979 (71-63 in Atlanta). Before transferring to Vanderbilt, senior Mariella Fasoula dropped in 23 points for Boston College against Georgia Tech during the 2015-16 season.

Below Deck: Vanderbilt
• Vanderbilt is 5-0 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the field.

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

• Vanderbilt has out-rebounded every opponent this season, including 53-24 on Monday.

• Five Commodores scored in double figures on Monday at Tennessee State—the first time that has happened since Nov. 12, 2018 against Austin Peay.

• Vanderbilt’s 29 points in the second quarter on Monday marked the highest output in a quarter this season and was then matched with a 29-point fourth quarter.

• Entering the week, Vandy was second in the SEC in steals (58) and third in turnovers forced (21.4/game).

• Vanderbilt started 2-0 for the first time since 2014-15 (started 5-0) and has won three in a row for the first time since December of 2016. The Commodores also won their road opener for the first time since 2014 at Wisconsin.

• Last season, Vanderbilt scored 80 points three times. In just six games this season, the Commodores have 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.

Court Marital
• Sophomore Jordyn Cambridge entered the week ranked No. 5 in the nation and atop the SEC in steals. She has 23 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.

Cambridge (5’9) hauled in a career-high eight rebounds on Monday. She is third on the team in rebounding (5.0/game) and second on the team with six blocks (two last year). She has 6+ rebounds in three of six games this season (career-high five rebounds entering this year).

Alexander the Sophomore
• Sophomore Brinae Alexander has scored in double figures in all six games this season and in eight straight overall. The last time she didn’t reach double figures was in Vanderbilt’s milestone win at Tennessee last February.

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.

Full Steam Ahead
• Vanderbilt started 2-0 for the first time since 2014-15 (started 5-0) and is 3-1 for the first time since 2016-17 when the team began the season 10-1.

• Vanderbilt scored 80 points in its first two games for the first time in six years (2013-14)—the last time the Commodores reached the NCAA Tournament. The Commodores defeated Appalachian State (96-53) and Western Kentucky (85-60) to start that season.

Plan of Attack
• Coach White’s halftime adjustments have been evident. Excluding No. 4 UConn, the Commodores have outscored opponents 117-49 in the third quarter this season (average of 23-10), including 70-24 during the current three-game winning streak.

Home Port
• 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 Commodores 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 joins Rutgers, Seton Hall and Georgia Tech 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.

Looking Astern
• Behind a stifling defense and one of the most productive offensive performances in years, Vanderbilt cruised to a 106-55 victory over crosstown rival Tennessee State on Monday. Five Commodores scored in double figures en route to the program’s first 100-point game since 2011.

On Deck
• Vanderbilt returns to historic Memorial Gymnasium for a pair of home games beginning on Dec. 5 against Tennessee Tech (7 p.m.). Following a 10-day break, the Commodores host Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 15 (3 p.m.).

• After two home games, the Commodores will travel to Seattle, Washington, to take on UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and Washington (Dec. 21) at the Husky Classic.

A Vandy Win Would…
… make the Commodores 6-1 for the first time since 2016-17 (started 10-1 in White’s first season).
… be the first four-game winning streak since a nine-game winning streak from Nov. 16-Dec. 18, 2016.
… be the first ever in a foreign country.

A Vandy Loss Would…
… be the first ever in a foreign country.
… be the first against Rutgers or Seton Hall and the first to Georgia Tech since 1978.
… be less good than a win.