On CSS: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Women's Preview

On CSS: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Women's Preview
February 9, 2012, 7:00 pm
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 25 Vanderbilt Lady Commodores will host the No. 11 Tennessee Lady Volunteers Thursday at Memorial Gymnasium. The tip is set for 9:05 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on CSS with Matt Stewart handling the play-by-play and Maria Taylor on color commentary.

Vanderbilt (18-5, 6-4 SEC) and Tennessee (17-6, 8-2 SEC) met on Jan. 15 in Knoxville where the Lady Vols won, 87-64. Since then, Tennessee and Vanderbilt both have 4-2 records. The difference is the Lady 'Dores are currently on a four-game winning streak while the Lady Vols are 1-1 in their last two games.

This in-state rivalry has been lopsided of late. The Lady Vols have won 23 of the last 24 games against Vanderbilt dating back to the 2001-02 season. Tennessee has also won seven straight of the Lady Commodores.

Vanderbilt comes into Thursday's game hot and somewhat unpredictable. In each of their last four wins, a different player has led the Lady 'Dores in scoring, each with 20-plus points. Even though a different Vanderbilt player has led each game in scoring, all five starters have averaged 10-plus in the four-game stretch.

Even though different players are stepping up for the Lady Commodores of late, it's no secret that sophomore guard Christina Foggie is a dangerous scoring threat. Foggie leads the Southeastern Conference with a 17.7 points per game scoring average and she accounts for 22 percent of Vanderbilt's total points this year.

Tennessee is led by the dynamic duo of Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson. Stricklen is averaging 14.8 points per game while Johnson puts in 13.5 and adds 9.5 rebounds per contest.