Vanderbilt Tournament photo gallery

Thanksgiving at Memorial Gym means basketball and families. With a four-day weekend and a two-day tournament, it's a great time for out-of-town families to make a trip to Nashville to visit and to watch some hoops.

Halftime featured the Rubber Chicken Toss. Rubber chickens are thrown into the air, and two contestants scurry around with plastic crates trying to catch them before they hit the court. Here's the lucky winner!

In the first game, Vandy beat Rhode Island 108-53. Here, freshman post Katie Eggers fights for position.

Between games, players had a few minutes to visit with their families before the start of the second game. Katie Antony's family made the trip from Anacoco, Louisiana.

An early winter snowstorm made the trip from Kansas City longer than usual for the Grimaldis, but getting to see Erica made it all worthwhile.

Carla Thomas's family came in fron Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania.

After their win in the first game, the team scouted the first half of the game between UT-Martin and Siena in preparation for the championship game on Friday. But during timeouts, they had time to chat on the phone and pose for photos

Siena beat UTM on Friday, so the Saints played Vandy in the championship game on Saturday. Dee Davis finishing on the break was a frequent sight throughout the two days.

Ashley Earley, who finished 9 of 11 from the field with 20 points for the game, goes up for the basket in a crowd.

Vanderbilt held a 30-point lead through most of the second half, but Coach Balcomb nonetheless found teachable moments.

The Commodores won the championship with a 76-47 win over Siena.

Senior forward Ashley Earley, who averaged 18 ppg while shooting 83% from the field, was named to the all-tournament team. .

Tournament MVP Abi Ramsey, who averaged 19 points while shooting 11 three-pointers, was coerced into posing with her trophy and her parents, who have set a new standard in black and gold apparel during Abi's years at Vandy.

Dee Davis, who averaged 13 points and 8.5 assists for the tourney, was the third Vandy representative on the all-tourney team, making the weekend extra special for her extended family who had gathered in Nashville for a Thanksgiving reunion.

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