Vanderbilt (4-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. Alabama State (0-5, 0-0 SWAC)
Monday, Nov. 20, 2023
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt women’s basketball team opens a three-game week this Monday at Memorial Gymnasium, as the Commodores are set to take on Alabama State. Tipoff against the Hornets is set for 1 p.m. and will stream live on SEC Network+.
>> Vanderbilt enters Monday’s matchup against Alabama State a perfect 4-0. The Dores picked up a 77-74 victory over Western Kentucky inside Memorial Gymnasium this past Wednesday.
>> The Commodores will be seeking a 5-0 start for the second-straight season this Monday at Memorial Gymnasium. The last time Vanderbilt started 5-0 in back-to-back seasons came during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 campaigns.
>> Vandy is 18-3 at home against nonconference opponents under head coach Shea Ralph. The Dores have won six-straight home games against teams from outside of the SEC. Vanderbilt has also won nine of its last 10 home games against nonconference opponents. The Commodores are 27-14 overall against non-league foes in the Ralph era.
>> Monday will be the third matchup ever between Vanderbilt and Alabama State. The Commodores have won both games against the Hornets. The last meeting came on Dec. 28, 2021, in Nashville, with Vandy collecting a 94-52 victory.
>> Vanderbilt comes into Monday’s matchup as one of 64 undefeated teams in NCAA Division I. The Commodores are also one of five SEC teams with a perfect record this season.
Playing Card Giveaway
Fans are encouraged to stop by the Vanderbilt Athletics marketing tables at Monday’s game to pick up a Vanderbilt women’s basketball deck of playing cards while supplies last.
Monday’s contest will stream live at 1 p.m. on SEC Network+ via the Watch ESPN app. Fans can also listen to the game on the Vanderbilt Commodores app or on 94.9 The Fan in the Nashville area.
Vanderbilt had three players collect a double-double in Wednesday’s 77-74 win over Western Kentucky. Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge had a 13-rebound, 11-point performance, while fellow graduate student Jordyn Oliver posted 15 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Sacha Washington collected her third-straight double-double in the win over the Hilltoppers with a 16-point, 10-rebound effort.
Junior Sacha Washington leads the country in double-doubles with three, all of which have come in the last three games. Washington is one of 14 NCAA Division I players that have recorded three double-doubles this season. The forward is averaging 17.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
Cleaning the Glass
Junior Sacha Washington ranks 15th in NCAA Division I In rebounds with 43 total caroms. The 6-2 forward ranks 15th nationally in offensive boards per game, as she is pulling down 5.0 offensive rebounds per contest.
A Master Thief
Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge’s 17 steals are the fourth-most collected by an NCAA Division I player this season. The guard is also second in the SEC in steals per game at 4.25.
Making the Free Ones
Vanderbilt has been making free throws at a high rate this season. The Commodores are averaging 18.3 free throws made per game, which ranks 17th in all of NCAA Division I.
Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge ranked 13th nationally with 23 made free throws, while junior Sacha Washington is 33rd in NCAA Division I with 20 free throws made.
Scouting the Hornets
Alabama State comes to Memorial Gymnasium looking for its first win of the 2023-24 season, as the Hornets are 0-5. ASU recently dropped a 69-47 decision at Samford this past Saturday. Alabama State was projected to finish fifth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll.
Redshirt senior Shmya Ward leads the Hornets in scoring at 13.2 points per game. The 6-0 forward has scored double-digit points in four of the five games she has played this season, while shooting 47.3% from the field.
The Hornets are averaging 46.0 points per game this season. Alabama State is shooting 34.4% from the floor this season, while connecting on 20.8% from behind the arc. Teams are putting up 89.0 points per game this season against ASU. Alabama State is allowing the opposition to shoot 47.1% from the field and 35.4% on 3-point field goals.
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