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Commodores return home to welcome VCU, Gardner-Webb ahead of Christmas holiday

vs. VCU (2-4) vs. Gardner-Webb (1-5)
Thursday, Dec. 17 • 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 • 2 p.m.
Memorial Gym (14,326) Memorial Gym (14,326)
Nashville, Tenn. Nashville, Tenn.
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Welcome Home

  • Meeting for just the second time on the hardwood, Vanderbilt will take on VCU Thursday afternoon inside Memorial Gym at 2 p.m. on SEC Network+. Thursday’s meeting is the first since the two met during the 1989-90 season in Huntington, W.Va., where Vandy took a 75-73 victory.
  • Following Thursday’s game, the Dores will welcome Gardner-Webb on Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tipoff on SEC Network+ in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Looking Astern

  • Erasing a seven-point halftime deficit, Vanderbilt earned an 80-78 road victory at Chattanooga on Sunday afternoon. Koi Love led the way with her third consecutive double-double to start the season, finishing with 21 points and 16 rebounds. The 16 rebounds are the most in a game since assistant coach Marqu’es Webb pulled down 15 on Dec. 5, 2016, against Tulane.
  • The Dores also had three others score in double figures with Chelsie Hall scoring 19 points, Brinae Alexander added 14 points and Enna Pehadzic chipped in 11 points with seven rebounds.

A Vandy Win Would…

  • … be the third straight overall.
  • … be the 856th win in program history.
  • … make the Commodores 11-1 at home against unranked opponents since the start of last season.
  • … be the second straight against VCU.
  • … be the fourth consecutive win over a team from the state of Virginia going back to the 2014-15  season.

A Vandy Loss Would…

  • … be the first at home against an unranked nonconference opponent in the last eight games.
  • … be less good than a win.

Home Port

  • The Commodores finished 10-6 at Memorial Gym last season (had nine wins in two previous seasons combined) with five of those six losses to Top 25 opponents.


  • Since the start of last season, Vanderbilt is 15-2 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the field.
  • Last time out against Chattanooga, the Mocs shot 42.4  percent but the Commodores came away with the win. It marks Vanderbilt’s first win in the last 16 games when its opponent shot better than 40 percent.
  • Vandy has won 14 of its last 15 when scoring more than 70 points (only loss was season opener on Dec. 5).
  • Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Vanderbilt had lost 22 straight games when being out-rebounded. That streak ended in this year’s home opener when ETSU outrebounded the Dores 50-45 but Vandy won 81-61.
  •   Vanderbilt has won eight of its last nine in December.

Sick Bay

  • Junior Jordyn Cambridge, who led the SEC in steals last season, was injured in Vanderbilt’s SEC Tournament game last season and will miss the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
  • Kyndall Golden (knee), Kaylon Smith (foot) and Kiara Pearl are also missing the start of the season.
  • Autumn Newby has opted out for the season, while Demi Washington is also out for the season.
  • Last season, between Golden (25), Alexander (23), Pearl (8), LeaLea Carter (4), Newby (3) and Sarah Gordon (3), the Commodores had a combined 66 missed games due to injury. In this year’s opener, six of the 14 Commodores (43%) missed the season opener.

On Deck

  • The Commodores will wrap up the nonconference season with one more home game after the Christmas holiday against Samford on Dec. 28.
  • After meeting Samford, the Commodores will open the home slate when they host Florida on New Years Eve at 3 p.m.
  • After that, the Dores will hit the road for two in a row at Mississippi State (Jan. 3) and Missouri (Jan. 7).