Time to Get Started

Commodores open season against Jacksonville State and Radford

Jacksonville StateRadford
Nov. 5 • 7 p.m.Nov. 8 • 7 p.m.
Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)Memorial Gymnasium (14,316)
Nashville, Tenn.Nashville, Tenn.
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Charlie Mattos (play-by-play)
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Game NotesGame Notes

In the Series
• Jacksonville State: First all-time meeting between the Commodores and Gamecocks on the hardwood.

• Radford: In the only previous meeting between these programs, Vanderbilt topped the Highlanders at Memorial Gym, 78-41, on Dec. 2, 2008.

Home Sweet Home
• Vanderbilt opens the season with five straight games at Memorial Gymnasium.

• The Commordoes will not leave the friendly confines of the Music City for their first six games. The first road contest of the season will be at neighboring Tennessee Tech on Nov. 25.

• The first time the Commodores leave Nashville this season will be on a flight to the Bahamas. Vanderbilt will join Rutgers, Seton Hall and Georgia Tech at the Junkanoo Jam in Bimini (Nov. 28-29).

Back in Black and Gold
• Vanderbilt returns four starters and 80 percent of its scoring from last season.

Mariella Fasoula
• An All-SEC second team selection last year, senior Mariella Fasoula was named to the preseason All-SEC second team by the media.

• Fasoula was one of 20 players named to the Lisa Leslie Award preseason watch list. The three-year-old award is given annually to the nation’s top center.

• The Greece national team member and communication studies major started all 29 games for the Commodores in 2018-19. She scored in double figures in all but six of those contests and led the team with 15.9 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game.

New Faces
• Vanderbilt welcomes eight newcomers in 2019-20, including seven freshman and Missouri transfer Akira Levy, who will be eligible to play in 2019-20.

• Coach White and her staff were all over the recruiting trail. Vandy’s seven freshmen are from six different states ­— Tennessee (Chambers), North Carolina (Washington), Texas (Hutchins), Kentucky (Pearl), Georgia (Golden) and Florida (Love, Smith).

• In all, this year’s Commodore squad features 10 underclassmen and two scholarship seniors.

Carter Rising
• LeaLea Carter finished the 208-19 season playing some of her best collegiate basketball. The junior had to step up with a slew of injuries and scored into double-digits in seven of the last nine games.

• Carter scored 165 points her freshman season and 22 her sophomore season. She has netted 252 already this season.

Last Time Out
• Six Commodores scored in double figures as Vanderbilt won its exhibition over Palm Beach Atlantic, 116-42, on Oct. 27  at Memorial Gymnasium. Senior LeaLea Carter and freshman Koi Love each had double-doubles for the Commodores. Carter’s double-double included 26 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-16 shooting, while Love added 11 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in her first collegiate action. That pair was joined in double figures by senior Chelsie Hall (12 points), redshirt senior Mariella Fasoula (18), and sophomores Brinae Alexander (10) and Jordyn Cambridge (10). Hall and Alexander added four assists apiece.

• Vanderbilt capped its 2018-19 season in the SEC Tournament with a 74-57 defeat to Alabama. The Commodores finished last season at 7-23 overall and 2-14 in conference play.

Up Next
Vanderbilt continues its five-game homestand. Following Friday’s matchup against Radford at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+, the Commodores welcome No. 5 UConn to Memorial Gym at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13.