Women's basketball is elevated to intercollegiate status.
The first partial scholarship is awarded to Karen McGinn of
Nashville's Father Ryan High School. Joe Pepper, who coached
at St. Henry's Elementary school, is named the teams first
head coach. The 1977-78 team still holds the SEC record for
rebound average with 50.8 a game.
Ann Morrow led Vanderbilt in scoring with 14.4 points
a game, while Teresa Lawrence was the leading rebounder averaging
9.7 a game. Karen McGinn totaled the season-high 26 points
versus Alabama, while Lawrence numbered the season-high 19
rebounds against Florida.
Sheila Johansson from Mt. Juliet is the first full-scholarship
athlete. Cathy Bender, also from Mt. Juliet is the second
full-scholarship athlete. Teresa Lawrence is selected the
school's first Female Athlete of the Year. Joe Pepper finishes
his career at Vanderbilt with a record of 38-39 in three seasons.
Phil Lee is named Vanderbilt's second head coach. Lee came
to Nashville from Division III Christopher Newport College
in Newport News, Va.
The team wins 20 games in a season for the first time. The
team advances to the AIAW National Tournament, but is defeated
in the first round. The NCAA takes over jurisdiction of women's
athletics and the AIAW is phased out. Harriet Brumfield is
the first VU player named to the All-SEC team.
12-14 Overall, 2-6 SEC (4th)
Vanderbilt places fourth in the SEC East regular season and
advances to the first round of the SEC Tournament.
23-9 Overall, 2-6 SEC (6th)
The Lady Commodores advance to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
Vanderbilt claims the NWIT national championship, the first
Vanderbilt team to win a national title.
14-13 Overall, 2-6 SEC (8th)
Vanderbilt advances to the SEC tournament and is defeated
in the second round.
22-9 Overall, 4-5 SEC (7th)
Vanderbilt finishes the season ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll.
The team advances to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament
and receives its first invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Commodores lost in the first round of the Midwest
Regional. Jackie Cowan was named Female Athlete of the Year.
23-10 Overall, 4-5 SEC (6th)
Vanderbilt finishes the season ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll.
The team advances to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament,
receives an NCAA bid, and loses in the first round in the
East regional. Karen Booker receives the Dr. Jim Robbins award,
voted on by all students for the top senior athlete. She is
the only female to ever win the award. Booker is also named
the Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year.
18-10 Overall, 4-5 SEC (7th)
Wendy Scholtens is named SEC Freshman of the Year.
21-8 Overall, 5-4 SEC (4th)
The team finishes fourth in the SEC to tie its highest finish
in the league. Vanderbilt was ranked in the USA Today poll
for a majority of the season. The team advances to the NCAA
tournament and is defeated in first round action of the East
Regional. Wendy Scholtens earns District IX Kodak All-America
honors and is voted Female Athlete of the Year.
23-11 Overall, 5-4 SEC (5th)
Vanderbilt advances to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament
(Mideast). Wendy Scholtens is the first Vanderbilt player
to be named to the Kodak All-America team. Donna Harris is
named SEC Freshman of the Year.
19-12 Overall, 4-5 SEC (Tied 5th)
Vanderbilt is ranked No. 11 in preseason polls. Phil Lee resigns
following a first-round loss in the SEC tournament. Lee owned
an overall record of 207-126. Assistant Coach Ada Gee serves
as interim head coach for three games. The team advances to
the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament (Mideast). Wendy
Scholtens is named Female Athlete of the Year and becomes
the first woman to have her jersey retired. (The only other
in VU history is Clyde Lee, 1966).
22-9 Overall, 6-5 SEC (Tied 4th)
Jim Foster, from St. Joseph's, is named Vanderbilt's third
head coach. Foster changes the nickname Lady Commodores to
Commodores. VU advances to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament
(East Regional). The team finishes the season ranked No. 7
in the AP Poll.
30-3 Overall, 9-2 SEC (Tied 2nd)
The team finishes the season with a school best 30-3 record
and SEC Tournament championship. The team claims the championship
title at the Midwest Regional and advances to the Final Four
in Atlanta, Ga. Vanderbilt achieved the school's first No.
1 ranking on January 5. The team recorded its first sellout
16 days in advance of the Tennessee game on Jan. 30. The Commodores
finish the season ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in
the USA Today Poll. Heidi Gillingham becomes the second Commodore
player to be named to the Kodak All-America Team.
25-8 Overall, 9-2 SEC (2nd)
Vanderbilt advances to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen after finishing
as SEC Tournament runnerup. The Commodores finish the season
ranked 12th in AP and 13th in the USA Today polls. The team
plays in the inaugural Hall of Fame Game in Jackson, Tenn.
Heidi Gillingham is the first athlete to be elected Homecoming
Queen and also earns Female Athlete of the Year honors. Julie
Powell is named Academic Athlete of the Year.
28-7 Overall, 8-3 SEC (Tied 2nd)
The Commodores claim their second SEC Tournament championship
and advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament (West
Region). The team ranks in the AP Top 10 throughout the season
and finishes the year 6th in the AP and 5th in the USA Today
23-7 Overall, 7-4 SEC (Tied 3rd)
Vanderbilt advances to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
The largest crowd ever, 15,187, is on hand for the Feb. 25
game with Tennessee. Sheri Sam becomes the third Commodore
to be named to the prestigious Kodak All-America Team. Sam
is selected to play on the College All-Star team which faced
the USA National Team. Michelle Palmisano receives the Bud
McWhorter Award for the top SEC female athlete. Sam and Mara
Cunningham are drafted by the American Basketball League.
20-11 Overall, 6-6 SEC (6th)
The Commodores advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament
(West Region). The team wins at least 20 games for the sixth
consecutive season. Vanderbilt won its first first-round NCAA
road game with a 74-62 win over Washington and defeated higher-ranked
Kansas (51-44) in the second round to advance to the regional
semifinals. The Commodores claimed the MCI-First American
Classic title with Lisa Ostrom earning MVP honors. Senior
Michelle Palmisano set the VU record for most 3-pointers in
a season with 83. Angela Gorsica and Palmisano both graduated
Summa Cum Laude with Palmisano earning the Founder's Medal
for the highest GPA in the Engineering School. The Commodores
led the SEC in scoring defense (59.6), field goal percentage
defense (35.5), 3-point percentage defense (25.6), 3-point
percentage (36.1) and blocked shots (5.5). The Commodores
were ranked throughout the season in both polls finishing
#17 in the USA Today poll.
20-9 Overall, 9-5 SEC (4th)
The Commodores advance to the NCAA Tournament for the 12th
time, including 10 in a row. The team wins at least 20 games
for the seventh straight season. Head Coach Jim Foster earns
his 400th career victory with a 91-51 win over North Texas.
In a span of eight days, VU ends two losing streaks. First,
the Commodores snap its eight-game losing streak at Oxford,
Miss. (Ole Miss), which dated back to the 1980-81 season;
and second, the Commodores defeat Auburn for the first time
in three seasons. The Commodores won the MCI Prepaid/First
American Classic with Na'Sheema Hillmon earning MVP honors.
With a 13-1 start, the Commodores record their third best
start in team history. Ashley Smith leads the SEC in assists
per game with 6.7, 13th in the nation. She also totals 193
assists, second on the VU all-time single season list and
tops by a freshman. Smith is named to the Women's Basketball
News Service Freshman All-American First Team. Lisa Ostrom
and Hillmon earn All-SEC honors, while Beth Ostendorf, Paige
Redman, Candice Story and Ostrom are named to the SEC Academic
Honor Roll. Vanderbilt ranks 7th in the nation in average
home attendance figures with 6,096 fans a game. Hillmon becomes
the 18th Commodore to reach 1,000 career points totaling 1,295
placing her 12th on the all-time scoring list. Ostrom, Hillmon,
Nettie Respondek and Danielle Louis all receive their degrees
at May Commencement. Hillmon is selected to play in the ABL
for the Nashville Noise. The Commodores are ranked throughout
the season in both polls, finishing the season at #18 in the
AP Top 25 and #25 in USA Today/ESPN Polls.