Vandy to meet Auburn, seeks ninth home win

In the middle of the pack and mirroring 1-1 SEC records with Arkansas, Kentucky and Florida, Vanderbilt (10-5, 1-1 SEC) will attempt to deliver Auburn's first conference loss at 2 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Gym. In 16 consecutive games, the ‘Dores have defeated the Tigers, and are 8-0 at home this season.

The Tigers (9-6, 2-0 SEC) thumped Florida 73-56 on Thursday, led by Chantel Hilliard with a career-high 17 points. Auburn has won five consecutive games and is tied with Tennessee for the SEC lead. Their first conference win came against Alabama 66-55.

Vanderbilt picked up its first SEC victory over Mississippi State (64-44) on Thursday night, led by a healthier Stephanie Holzer who recorded her third double-double of the season with 14 points and career-high13 boards. The redshirt freshman's play has been limited due to back issues throughout the season. Jence Rhoads had 12 points and Jasmine Lister 11 to round out top scorers. Hannah Tuomi, who is third in the nation in field goal percentage at 62.8%, had 9 points and 5 rebounds.

After dropping two consecutive games with 17- and 18-point leads in the first halves against Delaware and Ole Miss on the road, Vandy put 40 minutes together and held the Lady Bulldogs to 27.6% shooting and forced 21 turnovers. The ‘Dores did so despite its worst shooting of the season at 34.5%.

Sophomore guard Gabby Smith, who first replaced Christina Foggie in the starting lineup at Denver, did so again on Thursday. Christina did not suit up due to post-concussion issues related to a December 1 fall at Bowling Green.

All fans are invited to attend a mini basketball clinic and autograph session, to be held shortly after the game.

In other notable SEC action Thursday, No. 25 Arkansas (13-1, 1-1 SEC) stunned No. 10 Kentucky (11-3, 0-1 SEC) 78-67 in the Razorbacks' SEC home opener. This was their second powerhouse win after defeating No. 12 Oklahoma in the first half of the season. South Carolina (9-6, 1-1 SEC) edged LSU (10-6, 0-2 SEC) in a come-from-behind 63-61 effort as five Gamecocks were in double-figures. It was USC's first win over LSU since the 1998 SEC Tournament.

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