|at Georgia Bulldogs (10-5, 1-1)||vs. No. 4 South Carolina (14-1, 2-0)|
|Thursday, Jan. 9 • 6 p.m. CT||Sunday, Jan. 12 • 4 p.m.|
|Stegeman Center (10,523)||Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)|
|Athens, Ga.||Nashville, Tenn.|
|Watch: SEC Network+||Watch: SEC Network|
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|Game Notes||Game Notes|
Promotions: Sunday vs. South Carolina
• Pride Day: the first 250 fans receive a Pride rally towel. The staff at Vanderbilt’s LGBTQI Life, located at the K.C. Potter Center, will be recognized on the court during the game.
• Soles 4 Souls: Fans are encouraged to bring and donate new or gently used shoes which will be distributed to local charities.
• Tickets can be found here.
• Georgia holds a 39-27 edge in the series, including a 20-7 advantage in Athens.
• Nine of the last 11 have gone to the ‘Dogs, which includes the last four overall and five in a row in Georgia.
• Vanderbilt’s last win in the series was in the second round of the 2016 SEC Tournament in Jacksonville, Florida (54-49 in overtime). The last regulation win over the Bulldogs was a 66-58 victory in Nashville on Jan. 2, 2014.
• It has been nearly nine years since Vandy was victorious in Athens — a 69-59 win Feb. 10, 2011.
vs. No. 4 South Carolina
• Vanderbilt holds a 21-16 all-time advantage over South Carolina, but the Gamecocks have won the last 10 in the series.
• Vanderbilt’s last win in the series was in overtime 74-60 in South Carolina on Feb. 7, 2011. The last regulation win for Vandy was a 66-56 victory on Jan. 25, 2009.
• Vanderbilt is 11-6 all-time against the Gamecocks at Memorial Gym, but has lost five in a row dating back to a 78-48 win over the Gamecocks on Feb. 7, 2008.
• The series dates back to March 13, 1990 when Vanderbilt defeated South Carolina 73-64 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Full Steam Ahead
• Vanderbilt ranks No. 7 in the nation in rebounding (658) and No. 17 in the country with 43.9 rebounds per game.
• Vanderbilt has out-rebounded 14 of its 15 opponents.
• Vanderbilt is 11-0 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the field (0-4 when not).
• The Commodores are 6-0 when they have fewer turnovers than their opponent.
• Vandy is 10-2 when shooting better than 40 percent and 11-1 when scoring more than 60 points.
• Vanderbilt is 4-1 on the weekends this year and 7-3 on week nights.
• Vanderbilt’s 10 nonconference wins matched the most in the Stephanie White era (also went 10-3 in 2016-17).
• Eight different players have started at least one game for the Commodores.
• Last season Vanderbilt scored 80 points three times. The Commodores eclipsed 80 points three times and 100 points once in just the first six games this season. The 106-point outing at Tennessee State was the program’s first over the century mark since 2011 at Florida.
• Sophomore Jordyn Cambridge enters the weekend ranked No. 11 in the nation and first in the SEC in steals. She has 46 steals in 15 games this season after she totaled 20 steals in 24 games as a freshman last year.
• Cambridge was the first Commodore with seven steals in a game (Nov. 17 vs. Saint Louis) since Jennifer Risper on Nov. 23, 2008 against Michigan.
• Cambridge leads all Power Six players listed at 5-foot-9 or shorter with eight blocks this season (she had two blocks last season). In addition, she leads the SEC in rebounding (5.7 per game) among players less than 5-foot-10 and has 5+ rebounds in nine of 15 games this season.
Plan of Attack
• White’s halftime adjustments have been evident. Vanderbilt has won the third quarter in 11 of its 15 games. Excluding No. 1 UConn, the Commodores are +106 in the third quarter (281-175). That averages to an eight-point advantage (20-12) after halftime.
• The Commodores are 8-1 at Memorial (nine wins in two previous seasons combined) with its only loss to No. 4 UConn (62-50).
• Vanderbilt is 11-2 in games played in the USA this season.
• The Commodores did not leave the friendly confines of the Music City for their first six games. Vanderbilt opened the season with five straight home games and the first road contest of the season was at Tennessee State (Nov. 25).
• The first time the Commodores left Nashville this season was on a flight to the Bahamas. Vanderbilt played Rutgers and Seton Hall at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Nov. 28-29.
• The only other road contests for the Commodores in the nonconference season were in Seattle, Washington. Vanderbilt won the Husky Classic with wins over UC Irvine (Dec. 20) and host Washington (Dec. 21).
• 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.
• Fasoula is 19th in the nation and third in the SEC with 99 made field goals this seaosn.
• Love is second among SEC freshmen in points per game (13.1), rebounds (89) and field goal percentage (.533).
• Vanderbilt was picked to finish 14th in the preseason SEC media poll and predicted to finish 12th by the SEC coaches.
Alexander the Sophomore
• Sophomore Brinae Alexander scored in double figures in her first six 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.
• In the season opener, Alexander (20 points, four steals) was the first Commodore in more than eight years to finish with 20+ points and 4+ steals in a game. The last Vanderbilt player to pull off the feat was Jence Rhoads when she went for 21 and 5 against Arkansas on March 4, 2010.
• Trailing by double digits 48-37 late in the third quarter, the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team battled back to within a point, but fell to Florida 68-60 at the O’Connell Center on Sunday. It was the first defeat for the Commodores (11-4, 1-1) since Nov. 29, snapping a six-game winning streak. Three Commodores finished in double figures behind a team-high 19 points from freshman Koi Love who added six rebounds.
• Vanderbilt has two more ranked opponents coming up on the schedule. Next Sunday, No. 21 Arkansas visits Memorial Gymnasium for a 5 p.m. tip off on SEC Network. Four days later, No. 13 Mississippi State comes to Nashville for an 8 p.m. tip off on SEC Network.