The last full week of January was a great week to be a Vanderbilt fan. Tuesday closed with a 65-47 whipping of rival Tennessee, then on Thursday Christina Foggie had a career-high 34 points in an upset win over Georgia's Lady Bulldogs. The weekend was bookmarked with a tight 84-77 win over upstart MTSU, followed with a career-high 29 points from freshman Kady Schrann in a Pink-Out 81-72 victory over LSU.
Jeffery Taylor played like he was possessed against the Vols on Tuesday. He lead the team with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals. His spirited play seemed to energize the rest of the team, and the sold out "white-out" crowd of 14,316. SEC leading scorer John Jenkins had 16 points, and Festus Ezeli only had 5 points, but his 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 technical foul, and physical and mental disruption of Tennessee's freshman phenom Jarnell Stokes played a pivotal role in the Commodore Victory.
Saturday afternoon, a non-conference game that when scheduled looked like a good relaxing game against nearby Middle Tennessee State University, turned into a game that was described as what could be a first round NCAA Tournament game. MTSU came into Memorial Gymnasium with a 20-2 record while receiving MORE votes than Vandy in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 poll. The 84-77 victory was highlighted by the Dores' version of the Big 3, Jenkins scoring 26 points, with 7 coming in the final 4:34. Ezeli scored 21, a season-high. Taylor chipped in 17 with 6 rebounds. Lance Goulbourne, who later made ESPN's Top 10 at #6 with his second half put-back slam, had 11 points and 9 rebounds. The Blue Raiders showed up ready to play, and pushed the Commodores for the full 40 minutes. But Vandy was able to hold off the upstart team and pull out the victory. A trait that many have said was lacking with this team, and one that should help it in the run to March.
The Lady Commodores played Thursday night against #15 Georgia. Christina Foggie was unstoppable with a career-high 34 points, outscoring Georgia by herself 10-2 at one point. Tiffany Clarke had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, not too mention 3 steals. The Lady Bulldogs were plagued by fouls and were never able to get into any rhythm offensively.
Sunday afternoon was the annual "pink-out" game at Memorial Gym, and the Commodores played with a purpose against LSU. Kady Schrann had a career-high game of her own with 29 points, while shooting 11-15 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arc. Stephanie Holzer had 18 of her own, and Christina Foggie started slow, held scoreless at halftime, but had all 14 in the second half.
Next week both teams are on the road. The men travel to Arkansas on Tuesday, where the men always seem to struggle, before a big contest with #13 Florida. The Gators this past week won at home ove #16 Mississippi State, making a big statement about who is the second best team in the SEC behind Kentucky.
The women go to Auburn on Thursday night, then go to Mississippi State on Sunday. If the Lady Dores hope to come back 2-0 and start some momentum moving deeper into the SEC season.