NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After announcing a trip to the 2021 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas last week, Vanderbilt women’s basketball’s opponents in the Island bracket have been unveiled Monday with the Commodores set to take on national runner-up Arizona, Rutgers and DePaul from Nov. 25-27.
To be the best, have to play some of the best.
— Vanderbilt WBB (@VandyWBB) May 17, 2021
Vanderbilt vs. Arizona – Nov. 25, 3:15 p.m. CT
The Commodores and Wildcats will meet for the third time in program history this holiday season. It marks the first matchup between the two programs since the 1994-95 campaign, meaning athletes on both rosters were not yet born last time Vanderbilt took on Arizona.
The Wildcats are led by head coach Adia Barnes, who guided her alma mater to the national title game in 2021 and fell 54-53 to Stanford. A senior-laden team in 2020-21, Arizona went 21-6 on the way and finished No. 2 in the Coaches poll while ranking among the top 15 in both the Coaches and AP polls wire to wire throughout the season.
Vanderbilt vs. Rutgers – Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. CT
Matching up against one of the most recognizable faces in college basketball, the Commodores will take on Rutgers and 27th-year head coach C. Vivian Stringer for the fourth time in program history.
Vanderbilt and Rutgers have met three times before with the Dores owning a 2-1 record with wins in 1989-90 and 1995-96. The Scarlet Knights took the last meeting, though – a 62-56 win in 2019 in the opening game of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.
A season ago, Rutgers posted a 14-5 record and earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. It bowed out in its first game of both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament with losses to Iowa and BYU on the way to finishing the season receiving votes in the Coaches poll.
Vanderbilt vs. DePaul – Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. CT
Rounding out its trip to paradise, the Commodores and Blue Demons will meet for the eighth time. The two teams last met in the 2010 NCAA Tournament with Vanderbilt and assistant coach Tom Garrick in his first stint with the program taking an 83-76 victory in overtime.
The 2020-21 DePaul team posted a 14-10 record with a trip to the WNIT. Both of its leading scorers – Sonya Morris with 19.3 points per game and Lexi Held’s 16.6 per outing – were juniors a season ago and figure to be back for 36th-year head coach Doug Bruno in 2021-22.
The champion of each division will be determined by best record. Each game will air live on ESPN3 or ESPN+.
For fans looking to attend the event, packages will be sold at a later date with more information to come later this year.
This season marks the second visit to the Paradise Jam for the Commodores. In its first trip, Vandy finished second in the Reef Division when the tournament was hosted in Washington, D.C. because of damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.