Prepped For Tigers and Bulldogs

Commodores split the week at home and away

vs. Auburn Tigers (9-10, 1-7 SEC) at No. 15/12 Georgia Bulldogs (15-14, 4-3 SEC)
Sunday, Jan. 30 • 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 • 7 p.m.
Memorial Gymnasium (14,326) Stegeman Coliseum (10,523)
Nashville, Tenn. Athens, Ga.
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About the opponent: Auburn  

  • The Tigers are riding a high after defeating the No. 4 Lady Vols for their first SEC victory of the 2021-22 season. Prior to the victory, Auburn was on a seven game losing streak.
  • In the 71-61 win, Auburn snapped Tennessee’s unbeaten SEC streak. It had been 23 months to the day since Auburn last won an SEC women’s basketball game and almost 25 years since they had defeated a top-5 opponent.
  • The Tigers had four in double digits and were led by Aicha Coulibaly’s 26 points and seven rebounds.
  • Back on Dec. 17, Coulibaly was named SEC Player of the Week after leading Auburn to three straight wins.
  • In the Big 12/SEC Challenge, Auburn defeated Oklahoma State 77-66 back on Dec. 5, shooting 60 percent from the field.
  • The Tigers stunned [then No. 18] Georgia Tech on Nov. 11, 59-51  for first year head coach Johnnie Harris’ third Auburn win.
  • Harris’ first win as a head coach came against Alabama State, 74-45, on Nov. 16 thanks to a double-double from Honesty Scott-Grayson and career-high scoring from Kiyae’ White.
  • In the coaches preseason poll, Auburn was tabbed to finish 13th, just ahead of Vanderbilt.

About the opponent: Georgia 

  • The Bulldogs are currently ranked inside the top-20 in the AP and USBWA polls.
  • Georgia will face a red-hot Ole Miss team before heading to Nashville on their two-game road trip.
  • Senior guard, Que Morrison was named to the Naismith DPOY watch list. She was the 2021 SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and WBCA All-America honorable mention.
  • Graduate center, Jenna State was named to the John R. Wooden award midseason top-25 watch list. The 2021 All-SEC selection and WBCA All-America pick is on the Lisa Leslie Award Watch List for the nation’s best center the Naismith National Player of the Year list. Earlier this year, she was tabbed to the ESPN National Player of the Week
  • Freshman forward, Jillian Hollingshead garnered SEC Freshman of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks on Jan. 4.
  • Morrison and State were tabbed as Second Team All-SEC 2021 preseason honorees, with Georgia slated to finished fourth overall.

Competing in the conference 

  • Out of the 14 teams that make up the SEC, Vanderbilt sits 11 in the standings. The Commodores lead all teams in total steals [224] and steals per game [10.7].

Can’t Stop Cambridge

  • The senior guard was named to the 2022 Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year watch list. Cambridge notched her third career double-double against UAlbany with 10 points and 10 steals, which tabbed her as No. 2 in program history for steals in a single game. She is currently 28 steals away from entering the top-10 in program history for career steals. would tie Wendy Schlotens at 211 steals.

Numbers Don’t Lie 

  • In Division I women’s basketball the Commodores are 89th in assists, 51st in rebounds, 11th in steals, 29th in steals per game, 81st in 3-pointers made, 90th in 3-point percentage, 74th in turnover margin, and 43rd in turnovers forced. 
  • Jordyn Cambridge is ranked 215th in assist to turnover ratio, 50th in assists [fifth in SEC], 83rd in assists per game [fifth in SEC], first in steals [first in SEC], and third in steals per game [first in SEC]. 
  • Brinae Alexander ranks 25th in field goal attempts [third in SEC], 47th in field goal made [fourth in SEC], 188th in field goal percentage, 53rd in final points, [seventh in SEC] 51st in minutes played [fourth in SEC], 158th points per game, 97th in steals, 121st in 3-point field goal attempts [sixth in SEC], 96th in 3-point field goals made [seventh in SEC], and 220th in 3-point field goals per game [tenth in SEC]. 
  • Iyana Moore is ranked 146th in field goal attempts, 61st in 3-point field goals attempted [sixth in SEC], 45th in 3-point field goals made [fifth in SEC], 97th in 3-point field goals per game [seventh in SEC], and 70th in 3-point field goal percentage [seventh in SEC]. 

Fresh Faces 

  • The freshmen quartet in Moore, De’Mauri Flournoy, Kendal Cheesman and Washington have combined for 456 points this season, 34.8% of the total points scored for Vanderbilt.

A Vandy Win Would

  • Push Vanderbilt to a three game win streak.
  • Be the 30th all-time win over Auburn in program history.
  • Be the first victory over a ranked opponent since March 1 against Kentucky15/16 [70-64].

A Vandy Loss Would

  • Snap the Commodores’ momentum, put them on a two game losing streak.
  • Serve as back-to-back SEC wins for Auburn, the first streak of that kind for the Tigers this season.
  • Push the Dores to 40 all-time losses to Georgia.

On Deck

  • Vanderbilt returns to Memorial Gymnasium to face Alabama on Sunday, February 6 at 6 p.m.