Vanderbilt (3-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. Western Kentucky (3-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt women’s basketball team will play its fourth game in 10 days this Wednesday, as the Commodores are set to host Western Kentucky at Memorial Gymnasium. Tipoff against the Hilltoppers is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and will stream live on SEC Network+.
>> Vanderbilt comes into Wednesday’s matchup against Western Kentucky with a perfect 3-0 record. The Commodores picked up a 73-70 victory over Fairfield on Sunday at Memorial Gymnasium.
>> The Dores will be seeking a 4-0 start for the second-straight season this Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium. The last time Vanderbilt started 4-0 in back-to-back seasons came during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 campaigns.
>> Vandy is 17-3 at home against nonconference opponents under head coach Shea Ralph. The Commodores are 26-14 overall against non-league foes in the Ralph era.
>> Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky will be meeting for the 46th time this Wednesday. The Commodores hold a 23-12 advantage against the Hilltoppers and are 13-3 all-time vs. WKU at Memorial Gymnasium.
>> The Commodores have won nine-straight games over the Hilltoppers. Vanderbilt picked up an 82-71 victory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, last season. The last time the two matched up in Nashville came back on Nov. 11, 2013, with the Dores collecting an 85-60 win.
Sunday’s contest will stream live at 6:30 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.
Racking Up Double-Doubles
Junior Sacha Washington collected a double-double in the victory over Fairfield with a 20-point, 17-rebound performance against the Stags. She is one of 30 NCAA Division I players to record multiple double-doubles this season.
Sacha Washington established new career highs in assists (7), free throws made (10), and rebounds (17) against Fairfield. She also recorded her first career game with 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds against the Stags.
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 35th in all of NCAA Division I.
Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge and junior Sacha Washington are tied for the second-most made free throws in the SEC, as both players have made 16 total shots from the charity stripe this season.
A Master Thief
Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge’s 14 steals are the second-most collected by an NCAA Division I player this season. The guard is also averaging an SEC-best 4.67 steals per game this season.
Controlling the Glass
Sacha Washington’s 33 total rebounds are the eighth-most rebounds in NCAA Division I this season. The 6-2 forward is pulling down 11.0 caroms per contest in through the first three games of the season. She is coming off a career-high 17-rebound performance against Fairfield.
Scouting the Hilltoppers
Like the Commodores, the Hilltoppers come into Memorial Gymnasium sporting a perfect 3-0 record this season. Western Kentucky is coming off a 62-56 victory over Cornell this past Monday. WKU is coming off a 19-win season in which they earned a bid to play in the WNIT.
Sophomore Acacia Hayes leads WKU in scoring at 15.7 points per game. She is coming off an 18-point performance in Monday’s win over Cornell. Senior Teresa Faustino is also averaging double-digit points for the Hilltoppers at 11.0 points per game.
Western Kentucky is averaging 69.3 points per game this season. The Hilltoppers are shooting 39.0% of their shots from the floor and drilling 26.5% from the arc. Conversely, WKU is giving up 60.7 points per game this season, while teams are shooting 37.6 percent against them.
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