AND NUMBERS TO WATCH
is Vanderbilts third consecutive Conference USA
opponent. The Commodores lost to TCU and defeated UNC-Charlotte
70-53 loss at TCU was the first loss to an unranked
team since Arkansas defeated VU 67-57 Jan. 31, 2002
in Fayetteville, Ark. It was the fist loss to an unranked
non-conference team since Nov. 19, 2000, when VU fell
at Xavier, 64-60, when Melanie Balcomb was the Muskateers
The Commodores shot 38.8 percent at TCU which is the
lowest field goal percentage by a Commodore team since
Feb. 27, 2000, when Vanderbilt shot 36.1 percent (22-61)
in a 75-49 loss at Georgia.
VU has outscored its opponents 384-235 in the opening
half, including a 207-112 margin in the last four
games (56-13 vs. UW-Milwaukee; 46-20 vs. Austin Peay;
60-31 at UT-Martin; 24-14 vs. Charlotte)
forward Jenni Benningfield has led the Commodores in
scoring and rebounding in four games - she totals four
Senior center Chantelle Anderson has been named as a
nominee for the inagural Creamland Dairies Womens
Collegiate Basketball Student-Athlete of the year award
announced by the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors
Bureau. The award honors college seniors for their athletic
and academic achievements
as well as community involvement. Anderson recorded
a season-high 27 points at UT-Martin.
point guard Ashley McElhiney recorded a career-high
13 assists and set the Vanderbilt Career Assists Record
at UT-Martin. She surpassed Ginger Jared who totaled
516 (1993-96, 3.9 pga, 132 games).
APPRECIATION GAME - JANUARY 4 VS. HOLY CROSS – Noon
The Commodores host Holy Cross January 4 (Saturday)
at noon in the annual Fan Appreciation Game. Tickets
are $1. A life-size growth chart poster of Chantelle
Anderson (6-6) will be given to the first 2000 fans
(check out the poster on VU’s website at vucommodores.com).
An autograph session follows the game in the North lobby.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 322-GOLD or online
Fans who bring their Holy Cross ticket stub to the
Vanderbilt Athletic Department Ticket Office can receive
one FREE ticket to the Commodore's Southeastern Conference
home opener vs. South Carolina on January 16 based on
availability. These tickets must be redeemed at the
McGugin Center Ticket Office from January 6 - 15 from
8:30 am - 5 pm.
COMMODORES SET FIRST HALF SCORING MARGIN RECORD
The Commodores outscored Milwaukee 56-13 in the first
half to set a school record for highest scoring margin
in the first half - 43 points. The Commodore defense
held UWM to just 13.6 percent shooting in the first
half (3-22). VU was 17-29 (58.6) from the field, including
a 9-13 performance from 3-point range. Sophomore Abi
Ramsey totaled five of those 13 3-pointers.
COMMODORES ALMOST SET ANOTHER FIRST HALF RECORD
The Commodores scored 60 points in the first half at
Tennessee-Martin (60-31). That was the most points in
the first half since Jan. 14, 1993, when the Commodores
totaled 61 points vs. Oral Roberts