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1997-98 Women's Basketball Highlights

Vanderbilt has won at least 20 games in seven consecutive seasons, including 11 of the last 13 seasons (20-9 in 1997-98).

Vanderbilt made its 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including 10 in a row.

The Commodores have advanced to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament eight of the last nine years.

Vanderbilt made its fourth appearance in the Mideast Regional owning a 7-4 mark in Mideast Regional action.

NaıSheema Hillmon and Lisa Ostrom were named to the 1998 All-SEC Team.

NaıSheema Hillmon became the 18th Commodore to score over 1000 points in a career. She totals 1,295 career points, 12th on the VU all-time list.

Ashley Smith was named to the 1998 Womenıs Basketball News Service Freshman All-American First Team.

Beth Ostendorf, Paige Redman, Candice Storey and Ostrom were named to the 1998 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Ostrom, Hillmon, and Respondek earned their degrees at May Commencement.

Ostrom and Hillmon recieved the Kiwanis Womenıs Basketball Award

Vanderbilt ranked 7th in the nation in average home attendance figures with 6,504 fans a game.

The Commodores owned a 12-2 record in Memorial Gym. Vanderbilt is 96-11 under Jim Foster in home games.

In a span of eight days (Jan. 3-11), VU ended two losing streaks. First, the Commodores snapped its eight-game losing streak at Oxford, Miss. (Ole Miss), which dated back to the 1990-91 season; and second, the Commodores defeated Auburn for the first time in three seasons.

The Commodores won the MCI Prepaid/First American Classic with wins over Villanova and Murray State. NaıSheema Hillmon was named MVP with Katie Janky, Nettie Respondek and Ashley Smith earning All-Tournament honors.

Vanderbilt played eight television games with a record of 5-3.

Jim Foster won his 400th career game with a 91-51 win over North Texas making him the 34th womenıs head coach, 11th male, to achieve that milestone.

The Commodores won their first overtime road game in VU history against Arkansas.

Eight different Commodores led the team in scoring, with nine different players leading the team in rebounding.

The Commodores have never had a losing SEC record under Jim Foster. VU ended SEC action with a 9-5 record, fourth in league standings.

Vanderbilt hit at least one 3-pointer in 28 of 29 games, led by Nettie Respondek with 41, followed by Paige Redman with 40 and Ashley Smith with 26.

Vanderbilt ranked second in the SEC in 3-point field goal percentage hitting 124-363 for a 34.2 percentage. VU was third in the league in blocked shots with 3.7

Vanderbilt signed Jillian Danker from Minnechaug High School and Zuzana Klimesova of Pius XI High School.


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