Women's Hoops: Jam the Gym photo gallery

On Sunday afternoon, the women's basketball team hosted the South Carolina Gamecocks in their SEC season opener. The game was also the team's annual Fan Appreciation Day game, also known as "Jam the Gym."

Festivties began in the South Lobby with "Fun 4 Kids". SpongeBob SquarePants greeted young fans.

There was also a sign-making station and face-painting with an airbrush artist .

Many families with young children and local basketball teams from the area took advantage of the $1 tickets. Total attendance for the game was 8.412.

Sophomore guard Caroline Williams wow'ed the crowd with five 3-pointers in the game. These two points on a fastbreak layup following a steal gave her 17 points for the day.

These young fans took advantage of the recently expanded student section to display their sign.

Halftime entertainment was the ever-popular Mascot Basketball. T-Rac from the Tennessee Titans, Gnash from the Predators, Snowbird from Channel 4, the Channel 5 Newshound, and the Chick Fil-A cow were among the mascots who joined Mr. Commodore in the game.

Senior forward Ashley Earley drives around the taller South Carolina post players in the second half with Vanderbilt leading 68-35.

The Commodores treated the fans to a 88-43 victory. Five players scored in double figures, led by Caroline Williams and Dee Davis with 17 each. Carla Thomas had 16, Ashley Earley scored 15, and Abi Ramsey added 14.

Two of the biggest supporters of the women's basketball program - singer, songwriter and author Marshall Chapman and Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon Gee - posed for a photo after the game.

After the game, an autograph session featuring all of the players took place in the west lobby of the gym. Here, senior guard Abi Ramsey signs a mini-ball for some fans. . .

. . . while at the other table, junior guard Erica Grimaldi signs a poster and Ashley Earley hands back a basketball trading card while sophomore post Liz Sherwood look on.

Freshman post Katie Eggers, junior post Nicole Jules, sophomore guard Caroline Williams and sophomore guard Dee Davis pose for a photo with a couple of young fans.

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Photographs copyright 2005 by WhitneyD for Vandymania.com.

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