|at #16/18 Texas A&M Aggies (18-5, 6-4 SEC)||at #1/1 South Carolina (22-1, 10-0 SEC)|
|Thursday, Feb. 13 • 8 p.m.||Monday, Feb. 17 • 6 p.m. CT|
|Reed Arena (12,989)||Colonial Life Arena (18,000)|
|College Station, Texas||Columbia, S.C.|
|Watch: SEC Network||Watch: SEC Network|
|Listen: WNSR 560AM/95.9 FM
TuneIn: Max Herz (play-by-play)
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TuneIn: Drew Casey (play-by-play)
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Game Notes|
at No. 16/18 Texas A&M
• Texas A&M holds a 7-4 all-time advantage in the series.
• Prior to dropping the last six matchups against Texas A&M, Vanderbilt had won four of the first five matchups.
• In five all-time meetings in College Station, Vanderbilt’s only win was a 78-59 victory on Nov. 18, 1997.
• Vanderbilt’s last win in the series was a 71-69 victory in Memorial Gym on Feb. 2, 2014.
• The series dates back to Feb. 23, 1996 when Vanderbilt defeated the Aggies 97-78 in Nashville.
at No. 1/1 South Carolina
• Vanderbilt holds a 21-17 all-time advantage over South Carolina, but the Gamecocks have won the last 11 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 in Columbia on Jan. 25, 2009.
• Vanderbilt is 8-9 all-time against the Gamecocks in Columbia, but has lost six in a row dating back to that overtime win.
• 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
• Vandy is No. 26 in the nation in rebounds per game (42.1).
• Vanderbilt has out-rebounded 18 of its 23 opponents and is winless when being out-rebounded (0-5).
• Vanderbilt is 13-1 when holding opponents under 40 percent from the field (0-9 when not).
• Vandy is 11-3 when shooting better than 40 percent.
• Vandy is 10-0 when scoring more than 70 points this season (3-10 when scoring fewer than 70).
• Vanderbilt has four players averaging double figures this season. Last Vandy team to accomplish that was in 2011-12.
• 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. 14 in the nation and first in the SEC in steals. She has 69 steals in 23 games this season after she totaled 20 steals in 24 games as a freshman last year.
• Cambridge’s average of 3.0 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 60+ steals in a season since Jennifer Risper stole 81 in 2008-09.
• Cambridge is one of just four players in the nation this year and just the third Commodore since 2000 with 60+ steals, 70+ assists, 100+ rebounds and 10+ blocks in a season, joining Chavonne Hammond (1999-00) and Ashley Earley (2004-05).
• Cambridge is third among major conference players listed at 5-foot-9 or shorter with 12 blocks this season. She is tops among those SEC players with 124 rebounds and averages 5.4 per game (42 rebounds, 1.8/game last year).
• With one more steal, Cambridge will be just the third Commodore this century with 70+ steals and 70+ assists in the same season (Risper in 2007-08 and 2008-09, and Dee Davis in 2006-07).
• Cambridge was the first Commodore with seven steals in a game (Nov. 17 vs. Saint Louis) since Risper on Nov. 23, 2008 against Michigan.
• Junior guard Chelsie Hall leads the team with 90 assists this season. The last Commodore with 100 in a season was Minta Spears with 127 in 2015-16.
• 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.
• 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 second among SEC freshmen in points per game (14.0), field goal percentage (.485), free throw percentage (.635) and rebounds (146).
Plan of Attack
• Coach White’s halftime adjustments have been evident. Vanderbilt has won the third quarter 15 times this year. Excluding games against five 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 (18), Alexander (16), Pearl (4), Carter (4), Newby (3) and Gordon (3), the Commodores have a combined 48 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.
• Vanderbilt got 21 points from Chelsie Hall and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 63-47 win over visiting Ole Miss on Sunday inside Memorial Gymnasium. The Commodores led from start-to-finish, including 14-6 after the first quarter and 24-13 at the half before breaking it open with a 48-32 lead after three.
• “We talk about all the time about how we do anything is how we do everything. It was about being sharp and about consistency and about execution and the details,” Stephanie White said. “I feel like we got sluggish in some of those areas. Our energy and our intensity our huge. Being able to bring those every day in practice and being able to bring those for a 40-minute game is the next step in our growth process.”
A Vandy Win Thursday Would…
… double last season’s win total and match the win total from the last two seasons combined.
… mark the most road wins in a season (four) since winning five in 2015-16.
… be the second all-time at Reed Arena and first in 22 years (Nov. 18, 1997).
… be the first over a Top 25 opponent since defeating No. 24 Missouri 56-52 on Feb. 28, 2016 (lost 27 straight).
A Vandy Loss Thursday Would…
… be the seventh in a row to Texas A&M dating back to 2014.
… mark the third in a row on the road after a 3-1 road start this season.
… be less good than a win.
• Vanderbilt continues its stretch of four of five on the road, including three against top 25 teams.
• Next up, the Commodores head to South Carolina to play the top-ranked Gamecocks in Monday night’s SEC Game of the Week at 6 p.m. CT.