Vanderbilt (17-6, 4-5 SEC) vs. No. 13/12 LSU (19-4, 6-3 SEC)
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 • 8 p.m. CT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Vanderbilt women’s basketball team will conclude its three-game SEC homestand Thursday, as the Commodores take on the defending national champions, LSU. Tipoff against the No. 13/12-ranked Tigers is set for 8 p.m. and will air live on SEC Network.
>> Vanderbilt comes into Monday’s contest sporting a 17-6 overall record and a 4-5 mark in SEC play. The Commodores dropped a 74-66 decision to Alabama at home on Monday to extend their losing streak to four games. Juniors Iyana Moore and Sacha Washington each scored a team-best 16 points in the loss to the Crimson Tide. Washington also pulled down 10 rebounds to collect her fifth double-double of the season, while Moore nailed a season-best four 3-pointers.
>> Thursday’s matchup between the Commodores and the Tigers will be the 53rd meeting all-time between the two schools. The series is currently tied at 26-26, though LSU has won each of the last seven meetings.
>> The Commodores are 15-5 all-time at Memorial Gymnasium against LSU. The Tigers claimed the 82-63 victory in Nashville last season. The last Vanderbilt win over LSU at Memorial Gym came on Feb. 13, 2017, when the Dores collected a 70-68 victory.
>> Vandy holds an 11-3 record at home this season. The Commodores are 32-16 all-time at Memorial Gymnasium under head coach Shea Ralph.
>> Vanderbilt Athletics will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day at Thursday’s game. Join us in the practice gym pregame for Vandyville with select Vanderbilt women’s athletic teams. Activities will include for the whole family, including arts & crafts, inflatables, and more. Fans will also receive a Vanderbilt women’s basketball jersey koozie as part of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day.
Thursday’s contest will air live at 8 p.m. on SEC Network. Fans can listen to the game on the Vanderbilt Commodores app or on 94.9 The Fan in the Nashville area.
Cambridge Selected to Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Mid-Season Team
Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge was one of 15 NCAA Division I women’s basketball players selected to the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Mid-Season Team. The guard leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in steals with 83, while her 3.6 steals per game average is third-best nationally this season.
Vanderbilt holds a NET ranking of 53 coming into Thursday’s game. The Commodores have the eighth-best NET ranking in the SEC entering conference play. The NET is an evaluation tool used by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee to determine seeding and at-large bids.
Picking Their Pockets
Vanderbilt is second in the SEC in steals per game at 10.74 Vandy’s 10.4 steals per game average is also 29th-best nationally. Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge paces the SEC in steals with 83. Cambridge’s 83 total steals are second-most in NCAA Division I this season.
Moore Production in SEC Play
Junior Iyana Moore is currently riding a five-game double-digit scoring streak. Moore is averaging 18.8 points per game in SEC play and is tied for the sixth-best scoring average in conference games this season. Her career-high 37 points scored at Kentucky on Jan. 11 are the most points scored in an SEC game this season. The guard has also scored double-digit points in 10 of her last 11 games.
Closing in on 1,000 Career Points
Graduate student Jordyn Cambridge needs 45 more points to join Vanderbilt’s 1,000-point club. The sixth-year player has currently scored 955 points as a Commodore. When she hits the mark, Cambridge will become the 40th Vanderbilt women’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points.
Scouting the Tigers
LSU comes into Nashville sporting a 19-4 overall record and a 6-3 mark in SEC play. The Tigers are ranked No. 13 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25, while they checked in at No. 12 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. LSU holds a NET ranking of 12 coming into Thursday’s contest.
Senior Angel Reese paces the Tigers in scoring and rebounds, as the 6-3 forward is averaging a team-best 19.3 points and 12.1 rebounds per contest. Reese has collected 13 double-doubles this season, which is second on the team behind sophomore Aneesah Morrow’s 14 double-doubles. Like Reese, Murrow is averaging a double-double at 17.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per contest. In total, LSU has six players that average double-digit points.
LSU averages an SEC-best 90.5 points per game, while the Tigers are shooting 48.4 percent from the field as a team. Defensively, LSU is allowing 63.0 points per game, while teams are shooting 37.4 percent from the field against the Tigers. LSU is also shooting 33.4 percent from behind the arc while allowing the opposition to a 29.7 percent success rate on 3-point field goal attempts.
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