The game is the second half of a home-home series arranged to give Jillian Danker, a Massachusetts native, a homecoming game her senior year. In the first game of the series, Vanderbilt defeated the Catamounts 84-66 last year in Memorial Gym.
Vermont is perennial one of the top teams in the American East Conference. Last year, the Catamounts tied for second place behind the University of Delaware. The previous year UVM won the conference tournament for a trip to the NCAAs. Coach Keith Cieplicki, in his fifth season as head coach, is considered one of the top young coaches in the country. During his four previous seasons at UVM, Cieplicki has compiled a 88-39 record.
The starting lineup for the Catamounts has been the same in all 8 games this year. Every one of the starters played in last year's game at Vanderbilt. Last year 6'1 forward Morgan Hall came off the bench to score 24 points, including 10/20 from the field and 3/4 from 3-point range, to lead all scorers for the game.
This year Hall is Vermont's leading scorer, averaging 12.0 ppg and 5.6 rpg. 5'6 Senior guard Libby Smith, averaging 9.8 ppg, and 6'1 freshman forward Lani Boardman, averaging 9.4 ppg off the bench, have each been the scoring leader in 3 games. The Catamounts have three main 3-point threats. 5-5 Senior guard Jen MacAulay averages 56.2% from behind the arc; Smith and Hall both average 43.5%.
Game time is 12:00 CST. The game will not be televised, but will be broadcast on WNSR radio (560 AM) and can be heard on the Internet at:
Vanderbilt Commodores (9-1)
Zuzi Klimesova 6-2 Senior (15.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
Jenni Benningfield 6-3 Sophomore (6.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
Chantelle Anderson 6-6 Junior (20.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
Jillian Danker 6-1 Senior (9.4 ppg 2.7 rpg)
Ashley McElhiney 5-6 Junior (10.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
Vermont Catamounts (5-3)
Morgan Brownlee 6-1 Sophomore (5.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
Morgan Hall 6-1 Junior (12.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
Aaron Yantzi 6-0 Sophomore (7.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
Dawn Cressman 6-0 Junior (6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
Libby Smith 5-9 Senior (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
Vermont's Season So Far
Nov 16 at St. Bonaventure W, 55-50
Nov 18 CANISIUS W, 92-52
Nov 20 at Siena W, 80-63
Nov 25 at St. PeterÕs L, 61-54
Nov 28 DARTMOUTH W, 80-60
Dec 2 MASSACHUSETTS W, 69-51
Dec 4 at Ole Miss L, 74-53
Dec 18 at Chicago State L, 70-64