Dores Prepped for Tigers of LSU and Missouri

Commodores set to face third ranked opponent this season

at No. 12/15 LSU Tigers (16-2, 4-1 SEC) vs. Missouri Tigers (13-4, 2-2 SEC)
Sunday, Jan. 16 • Noon Thursday, Jan. 20 • 7 p.m.
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (13,215) Memorial Gymnasium (14,326)
Baton Rouge, La. Nashville, Tenn.
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About the opponent: LSU

  • The Tigers of LSU are currently on a two game winning streak after defeating Auburn [76-48] and Missouri [87-85, OT].
  • Prior to LSU’s slip to No.1 South Carolina back on Jan. 6, the Tigers were enjoying a 13 game win streak.
  • Back on Nov. 16, Khayla Pointer was named the SEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after a triple-double and a double-double in the opening week of play.
  • Pointer was not only named to the Wooden Award top-50 watchlist but also garnered First Team All-SEC honors and preseason All-SEC recognition in the preseason SEC coaches poll. While the Tigers were selected to finish eighth overall.
  • Additionally, Hannah Gusters was named to the Lisa Leslie award watchlist back on Oct. 29.

About the opponent: Missouri

  • The Tigers of Missouri have fallen in their last two SEC games, Arkansas [83-73] and 12/12 LSU [87-85, OT].
  • Missouri has been impeccable at home, boasting a 9-0 record but going 3-4 on the road.
  • In a matchup against Auburn, Aijha Blackwell recorded her 1,000th career point in the overtime period to become the 38th member of the Mizzou women’s basketball 1,000 point club.
  • Back on Jan. 4 the U.S. Basketball Writers Association named Missouri the organization’s national team of the week after defeating No. 1 South Carolina [70-69, OT, Dec. 30th].
  • The duo of Hayley Frank and Lauren Hansen were named co-players of the week for the SEC back on Jan. 4, scoring 21 points apiece in the victory over the Gamecocks.
  • Freshman Izzy Higginbottom was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week back on Nov. 23 after leading the Tigers in scoring with 17 and 18 points respectively against Saint Louis and Idaho State.
  • Missouri was tabbed to finish 10th overall in the preseason poll. Blackwell received Second Team All-SEC honors.

Competing in the conference 

  • Although being 1-2 in the SEC, Vandy has kept the pair of loss to an average of 10 points or less. The Commodores started the conference slate strong against Arkansas on Jan. 6, 54-51.

Defending Home Court

  • The Commodores had kept Memorial Gymnasium loss free for 61 days prior to Thursday’s game against Tennessee. Vanderbilt was on a seven game win streak at home with the initial home loss back on Nov. 12 [40-56] against Little Rock.

Numbers Don’t Lie 

  • In Division I women’s basketball the Commodores are ranked 71st in assists, 73rd in free throw attempts, 89th in free throws made, 72nd in rebound margins, 37th in rebounds, 50th in scoring defense, 7th in steals, 27th in steals per game, 90th in 3-point field goals attempted, 76th in 3-point field goals made, 84th in turnover margin, and 42nd in turnovers forced.
  • Individually, Cambridge is ranked 32nd in assists, 77th in assists per game, 72nd in free throw attempts, 27th in minutes played 1st in steals and 4th in steals per game.
  • Brinae Alexander ranks 40th in field goal attempts, 58th in field goals made, 76th in final points, 73rd in minutes played, 217 points per game, and 126th in steals.
  • Iyana Moore is ranked 146th in field goal attempts, 166th in final points, 143rd in minutes played, 47th in 3-point field goals attempted, 29th in 3-point field goals made, 75th in 3-point field goals per game, and 65th in 3-point field goal percentage.

Fresh Faces 

  • Moore scored her 100th point against UAlbany to join elite company as one of the fastest freshmen to reach this milestone, taking her only 11 games.
  • The freshmen quartet in Moore, De’Mauri Flournoy, Kendal Cheesman and Washington have combined for 394 points this season, 35.9 percent of the total points scored for Vanderbilt.

A Vandy Win Would

  • Put the Commodores back in the win column after falling in back-to-back SEC contests.
  • Be the first time that Vanderbilt has won in Baton Rouge, since the 2003-2004 season [61-55].
  • Be just the fourth victory over the Tigers of Missouri and just the second win at home in the all-time series.
  • Be the first time this season, with back-to-back SEC victories for the Dores.

A Vandy Loss Would

  • Push Vanderbilt to a four game losing streak.
  • Be LSU’s fifth victory in a row against Vanderbilt.
  • Be Missouri’s sixth win against the Commodores.
  • Put the Commodores at 8-3 inside Memorial Gymnasium.

On Deck

  • Vanderbilt travels to face the Gamecocks of South Carolina on Monday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.