SEC on CSS Women's Basketball Preview
Leslie Koerdt @LK_Comm
SEC on CSS 7:00 pm ET:
88 Tennessee (22-513-1 SEC) at 1315 Texas A&M (21-711-3 SEC)
The Lady Vols are assured at least a share of their 17th regular-season SEC championship, and they have two opportunities to stand alone with a win over A&M tonight or Kentucky Sunday. The Aggies and Wildcats are tied for second with Georgia at 11-3 in SEC play. In addition this game matches up the conference's leading scorer in Tennessee's Meghan Simmons versus the field goal percentage leader in Texas A&M's Kelsey Bone.
The Aggies' 6-4 junior is averaging 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and the Aggies lead the SEC in field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, assist-to-turnover ratio and assists per game. Despite these efforts, Texas A&M has lost two of its last three.
Meighan Simmons leads Tennessee with averages of 17.8 points (SEC leader), 1.6 steals and 32.1 minutes per game. Senior Taber Spani stepped into the starting lineup when Cierra Burdick went out with a fractured hand on Dec. 31, and she has kept that spot by continuing to produce averaging 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds over 14 SEC games. For the season, Spani is averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds and is shooting 43.6 FG, 37.4 3FG and 85.1 FT.
Bernie Guenther and Maria Taylor have the SEC on CSS 7:00 pm ET call.
SEC on CSS 9:00 pm ET:
Auburn (15-12, 4-10 SEC) at Vanderbilt (18-9, 8-6 SEC)
Vanderbilt has two potential milestones versus Auburn: 12th straight year with a winning conference record, and Melanie Balcomb becoming Vanderbilts all-time winingest coach. Auburn just reached a milestone of their own by winning its 15th game Sunday, surpassing last seasons total of 13.
Auburn's 6-1 sophomore guard Hasina Muhammad has scored in double digits for Auburn 25 of 27 games this season. She averages 15.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game.
Tiffany Clarke is averaging 16.4 points per game and coming off a 30-point performance in Vanderbilts win over Texas A&M on Sunday. The senior forward also earned SEC Player of the Week honors last week, adding a 26-point performance in last Thursday's SEC on CSS win at Florida.
Along with Clarke, Elan Brown and Gabby Smith will play game at Memorial Gym having won 84 games over the past four years, reaching the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons. All three will graduate in May, keeping Head Coach Melanie Balcombs graduation rate of four-year players at 100
Matt Stewart and Joe Ciampi have the SEC on CSS call at 9:00 pm ET.