Vanderbilt vs Mississippi State
4 pm
February 10, 2002
Memorial Gym
COMCAST TV - Willie Daunic and Don Casey call the action
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#6/#6 Vanderbilt (20-5, 6-3)
#25/nr Mississippi State (16-7, 7-3)
Sunday, February 10, 2002 • 4 pm CT
Memorial Gym (14,168) • Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt Commodores (20-5, 6-3)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
F 13 Zuzi Klimesova 6-2 Sr. 16.2 7.3
F 42 Jenni Benningfield 6-3 So. 5.6 3.9
C 21 Chantelle Anderson 6-6 Jr. 20.4 6.0
G 33 Jillian Danker 6-1 Sr. 9.0 3.0
G 22 Ashley McElhiney 5-6 Jr. 8.6 2.2

Miss State Lady Bulldogs (16-7, 7-3)
Pos. No. Name Ht. Cl. PPG RPG
F 32 LaToya Thomas 6-2 Jr. 24.3 9.7
C 44 Lyndi Sippel 6-2 So. 2.9 1.0
G 12 Renea Jones 5-7 Jr. 4.7 1.4
G 14 Tan White 5-8 Fr. 19.2 7.6
G 21 Keisha Stringfellow 5-9 Jr. 3.8 3.1

The Vanderbilt/Mississippi State Series
This is the 35th game between these two teams with Vanderbilt holding a 23-10 lead in the series. VU owns a 12-1 record against the Lady Bulldogs in Memorial Gym with the lone loss coming in 1981. Last season, Chantelle Anderson scored a Vanderbilt record 41 points, but it wasn't enough as the 18th-ranked Commodores fell to Mississippi State, 71-62, in Starkville, Miss.. Anderson entered the contest as the nation's leader in field goal percentage and strengthened her hold on that spot as she made 15 of 17 field goal attempts. The rest of the Commodores were a combined eight-for-27.

Vanderbilt and the RPIs
WBCA/SUMMERVILLE RPI: • As of Feb. 6, Vanderbilt is ranked 7th with a .65498 RPI, while Tennessee is ranked 1st (.72947). Connecticut is second, followed by Oklahoma, Purdue and Duke. The Southeastern Conference ranks first in the nation with a .59771. The Big XII is second in the nation with a .59620 rating. Vanderbilt’s strength of schedule is ranked fifth in the nation. Mississippi State is ranked 29th in the RPI with the 65th toughest schedule in the nation.

Foster Nearing 500
• Head Coach Jim Foster is nearing the 500 career victory mark. Foster is in his 24th year as a head coach and owns a 494-223 record. Prior to his Vanderbilt years, Foster coached 13 years at St. Joseph’s and owned a record of 248-126. His Vanderbilt record is 246-97. He is four victories shy of 250 at Vanderbilt and six shy of 500 career wins.
Real Head Coach
• In the January 11 REAL SPORTS poll, the question asked fans “With the game on the line, which coach do you want drawing up your team’s final play? Vanderbilt’s Jim Foster was one of the coaches who made the short list along with his former assistants Geno Auriemma (Connecticut) and Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame).

Sharp Shooters
• The Commodores picked up where they left off last season with a hot shooting hand. VU led the nation in field goal percentage – men and women - last season hitting 54.5 percent from the field.
• For the season VU owns a nation-leading 53.4 percent mark hitting 688-1288 from the field. That is the best mark for a men’s or women’s team.
• The Commodores shot a school record 71.4 percent at Western Kentucky connecting on 35-49 shots, including 12-19 from 3-point range.

O’Charley’s Dinner of Champions

Anderson was a finalist for two awards at the 4th Annual O’Charley’s Dinner of Champions held February 8 at the Opryland Hotel. Anderson was a finalist for the 2001 Amateur Athletics Award and the 2001 Sports Person of the Year.
A pre-season Naismith Candidate, Anderson helped lead the Commodores to a 24-10 record last season and a nation-leading 54.5 percent field goal percentage. Vanderbilt advanced to the NCAA Regional Final game for the fourth time and lost to eventual national champion Notre Dame. Anderson led the nation in field goal percentage with a 72.3 percentage, just .1 percent off the NCAA record. The Commodores claimed a runnerup finish in the SEC Tournament after defeating LSU, and #1 Tennessee and falling to #4 Georgia in the finals.
The O’Charley’s Dinner of Champions was created by the Nashville Sports Council in 1999 as a way to salute amateur and professional sports in Middle Tennessee.

Long-Range Accuracy
• The Commodores are second in the SEC in 3-point shooting with a 38.2 percentage (125-327). VU has led the league throughout the season, but a 1-14 performance vs. Florida from 3-point range dropped the Commodores to second in the standings.
• Four Commodores have totaled double digit 3-pointers including Ashley McElhiney (36), Jenni Benningfield (27), Jillian Danker (28) and Abi Ramsey (18).
• Sophomore forward Jenni Benningfield set a VU freshman record when she made 56 3-pointers last season. It was the ninth-highest single season total in program history. In 25 games this season she owns an 41.5 3-point percentage, third in the SEC, connecting on 27-61 from 3-point range. She has hit at least one 3-pointer in 43 of 59 games (72.8 percent) for her career.
• Senior forward Jillian Danker entered the season second on VU’s all-time list for 3-point accuracy having made 119 of 273 (43.6 percent). She currently totals 137-356 (38.4 percent).
• Freshman Abi Ramsey owns a 38.3 percent mark from 3-point range hitting 18-47. Against Vermont, she played for six minutes and hit four consecutive 3-pointers within four minutes for 12 points.

• The Commodores reached 20 wins in a season for the 16th time overall and 10th time under head coach Jim Foster. Only once in history (1993) has VU reached 20 victories in fewer games (21). This year, the Commodores reached 20 wins in 25 games which also marks the same amount in 1995.

Coaches vs Cancer

Anthem Singer - Emma Smith

Color Guard

Antonio's Dinner Giveaway
We are placing a $50.00 gift certificate inside a T-shirt and the cheerleaders are going to throw out t-shirts to the loudest fans. Someone will catch the T-shirt with the gift certificate.


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