Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Ole Miss

The 11-2 Vanderbilt Commodore women travel to 8-5 Ole Miss on Sunday. The game will mark the final contest played in Tad Smith Coliseum which opened in 1966. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the game.

The Rebels opened with a big win over Mississippi Valley but then suffered three straight losses.  After winning four straight games, the Mississippi women have gone 3-1 in their last four games and most recently routed Alabama A&M on Dec. 29.

Five-foot-10 guard Shandricka Sessom is the Rebel's top scorer averaging and impressive 18.8 points a game. Sessom scored 22 points in the win over McNeese State on Dec. 19.  Guard Erika Sisk is Ole Miss' only other player who averages in double digits.  

Sessom is the Rebel's top 3-point shooting threat.  Guards Torri Lewis, Madinah Muhammad and Kiara Golden are also threats from long range. Sessom also leads the starters in accuracy from the field. 

On the boards, Sessom leads the Rebels in rebounds with Bretta Hart also contributing in that department.  Sisk leads the Rebels in both assists and steals. 

Looking at the Vandy-Ole Miss stats comparison, the Rebels have an advantage in scoring offense while the Commodores are a better defending team. Vanderbilt is a better shooting team but Ole Miss pulls down more rebounds and has more steals and blocks. The Commodores have a much stronger RPI. 

On paper this looks like a game Vanderbilt should be able to win. However, playing on the road against a high scoring team that should be fired up with it being the last game in this facility, things could get hairy for the Commodores. 

Sunday's game tips off at 2 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network Plus.  Listen online at VUCommodores.com or on the radio at 560 AM WNSR.  

For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.  


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