Since Vanderbilt defeated Alabama on January 10th the Crimson Tide has lost two of three games. Bama won in a home matchup with Georgia somewhat easily but fell on the road to Auburn and Florida. Against a solid Gators team the Tide led late in the fourth period but let that one slip away.
Guards Hannah Cook and Meoshonti Knight are still the leading the Crimson Tide in scoring. In the recent loss to Florida, Knight had 23 points and Cook 16.
Cook leads the Tide from behind the arc with 48 made three pointers. Forward Quanetria Bolton is tops of the starters in field goal percentage.
Another forward, Nikki Hegstetter, and Cook are the Crimson Tide's top rebounders. Karyla Middlebrook leads the team in assists while Knight has the most steals.
Looking at the Vandy-Bama stats comparison, Alabama scores more points, has more rebounds, more blocks and steals. The Commodores have the edge in points allowed, shooting, assists and RPI.
This could be a trap game for Vandy. The Commodores win in Tuscaloosa was not easy. Alabama is well coached and the Tide would like nothing more than to march home from Memorial with a victory.
To win this game the Commodores need to show up ready and willing to give their best effort for 40 minutes. Vandy can't afford another setback such as the one at Ole Miss.
Monday's game tips off at 6 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network. In a special Jam the Gym promotion, Vanderbilt is offering $1 game admission and $1 hot dogs. Visit VUCommodores.com for details.
For VandyMania.com and Scout, this is Don Yates.