|vs. Missouri (6-19, 3-9 SEC)||at Tennessee (17-8, 7-5 SEC)|
|Thursday, Feb. 20 • 7 p.m.||Sunday, Feb. 23 • 11 a.m. CT|
|Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)||Thompson-Bowling Arena (21,678)|
|Nashville, Tenn.||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Watch: SEC Network+||Watch: ESPN2|
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|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
• Missouri holds a 6-3 all-time advantage in a series that dates back to Feb. 14, 2013. Vanderbilt won that first meeting with Missouri 62-46 in Nashville.
• Prior to dropping the last four and six of the last seven matchups against Missouri, Vanderbilt had won the first two meetings in this series.
• The Commodores last win in the series was a 56-52 victory in Columbia on Feb. 28, 2016.
• Tennessee holds a 72-10 all-time advantage in the series, including a 78-69 win over the Commodores in Nashville on Jan. 30.
• In 33 all-time meetings in Knoxville, Vanderbilt is 1-32, but earned its first-ever victory last season 76-69 on Feb. 28, 2019.
• The series dates back to Nov. 21, 1979, when Vanderbilt lost in the opener, 77-53. Vanderbilt’s first win in the series was an 84-77 victory in Nashville on Feb. 13, 1985.
Full Steam Ahead
• Vanderbilt has out-rebounded 18 of its 25 opponents and is winless when being out-rebounded (0-7).
• Vanderbilt has four players averaging double figures this season. Last Vandy team to accomplish that was in 2011-12.
• Vanderbilt is 13-1 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the field (0-11 when not).
• Vandy is 11-3 when shooting better than 40 percent.
• Vandy is 10-0 when scoring more than 70 points this season (3-12 when scoring fewer than 70).
• Vanderbilt is 13-5 against unranked opponents this year and 0-7 against the top 25.
• Vandy matched last season’s win total (7) by Dec. 15 and last season’s SEC win total by Jan. 9.
• Vanderbilt’s third SEC win (Feb. 9) eclipsed last season’s SEC win total (2) with six conference games remaining.
• Vanderbilt’s 10 nonconference wins matched the most in the Coach Stephanie White era (also went 10-3 in 2016-17).
• Vanderbilt’s win at Washington was its first Pac-12 road win since 2012 at USC.
• Sophomore Jordyn Cambridge enters the weekend ranked No. 15 in the nation and first in the SEC in steals. She has 73 steals in 25 games this season after she totaled 20 steals in 24 games as a freshman last year.
• Cambridge’s average of 2.9 steals per game is currently the highest average for a Commodore since Deborah Denton averaged 3.2 in 1988-89.
• Cambridge is the first Commodore with 70+ steals in a season since Jennifer Risper stole 81 in 2008-09.
• Cambridge, Risper and Dee Davis are the only Commodores this century with 80+ assists and 70+ steals in a season. Risper did so in 2007-08 (34 games) and 2008-09 (35 games) and Davis in 2006-07 (34 games).
• Cambridge was the first Commodore with seven steals in a game (Nov. 17 vs. Saint Louis) since Risper on Nov. 23, 2008 against Michigan.
On the (Cam) Bridge
• Only one other major conference player fills the box score like Cambridge. She and Veronica Burton (Northwestern) are the only players with 70+ steals, 85+ assists and 100+ rebounds this season (seven players total, nationally).
• Cambridge is first in the SEC and third among major conference players listed at 5-foot-9 or shorter with 12 blocks this season.
• Cambridge leads all SEC players at 5-foot-9 or shorter with 134 rebounds and averages 5.4 per game (42 rebounds, 1.8/game last year). She has led the Commodores in rebounding five times this year and is third on the team in rebounding in conference games this season (5.0 per game).
• Junior guard Chelsie Hall leads the team with 96 assists this season. The last Commodore with 100 in a season was Minta Spears with 127 in 2015-16.
• On Dec. 23, Vanderbilt swept the SEC weekly awards. It was the first Commodores sweep since Christina Foggie (player) and Kady Schrann (freshman) on Jan. 23, 2012.
• Vandy is the only program to sweep the awards this year.
• Mariella Fasoula was Vanderbilt’s first SEC Player of the Week since Jasmine Lister in 2014.
• Koi Love became the first Vanderbilt player to win back-to-back SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Love to See It
• Entering the week, Koi Love is third among SEC freshmen in points per game (14.0) and rebounding (6.3), and second in field goal (.472) and free throw percentage (.640).
• The Commodores are 9-5 at Memorial Gym this season (had nine wins in two previous seasons combined) with all five losses to Top 25 opponents.
Plan of Attack
• Coach White’s halftime adjustments have been evident. Vanderbilt has won the third quarter 15 times this year. Excluding Top 25 opponents, the Commodores are +105 in the third quarter (358-253).
• Sophomore Brinae Alexander scored in double figures in all six of her complete games this season and was Vanderbilt’s leading scorer before her season-ending Achilles injury in the first quarter on Thanksgiving Day against Rutgers at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.
• Between Golden (20), Alexander (18), Pearl (4), Carter (4), Newby (3) and Gordon (3), the Commodores have a combined 52 missed games due to injury this season.
In the Community
• This year’s squad has placed an emphasis on volunteering in the local Nashville community. Each team member must complete 10 hours of community service this season. Those hours do not include team mandated community events.
• Among some of the team volunteering events, the Commodores spent an afternoon at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Nashville where they helped stock shelves and move furniture. They also volunteered on Halloween at Vanderbilt’s Trick or Treat with the Greeks where they handed out candy and provided Nashville communities and children a fun, safe space for Halloween.
• The Commodores also sponsor Gabee, 14, who suffers from craniostynosis, and are raising money for her and the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
• No. 1 South Carolina proved it’s worth its ranking with a 95-44 win over Vanderbilt Monday in Columbia.
• Fifth-year senior Mariella Fasoula led the Commodores with 11 points on 5 of 11 shooting in 28 minutes. Junior Chelsie Hall added eight points and junior Autumn Newby led Vanderbilt with eight rebounds.
• At the start, Vanderbilt traded punches with the top-ranked team in the nation. Midway through the opening quarter, Hall pushed the ball up the floor and calmly buried a jumper to pull Vandy within 13-10. But South Carolina (25-1, 12-0), which won its 19th in a row overall and improved to 13-0 at home this season, ended the quarter on a 17-0 run for a 30-10 advantage. That lead grew to 52-21 at halftime and 79-35 through three.
A Vandy Win Thursday Would…
… be the first at home to an unranked opponent since March 3, 2019 (won last nine).
… double last season’s win total and match the win total from the last two seasons combined.
… double last season’s SEC win total and match the most since 2016-17.
… match the most home wins in a season since going 10-5 in 2016-17.
A Vandy Loss Thursday Would…
… mark the fifth in a row to Missouri.
… put the Commodores at .500 for the first time this season (13-13)
… be less good than a win.
• Vanderbilt has two more road games to close out the month with trips to Tennessee (Feb. 23) and LSU (Feb. 27) before returning home for senior day against Kentucky on March 1.
• Postseason basketball begins March 4-8 at the SEC Tournament in Greenville, S.C.