"We want to give the fans a peek to get them excited about what we're doing," said Head Coach Melanie Balcomb after practice on Thursday.
"It's kind of like Midnight Madness, but usually Midnight Madness is
ugly, with the coach basically sitting there hoping nobody gets hurt in a
very out-of-control unstructured scrimmage. We've practiced for a week,
so it's not chaotic; it's a little more organized."
If all goes well, first the team will scrimmage against each other,
with the ten available players divided into teams as equal as possible,
then scrimmage against the practice guys. However, fall break for
Vanderbilt students may necessitate a change of plans, since some of the guys
will be away from campus.
The eleventh member of the team, sophomore guard Ashley Earley, who
tore her ACL in June, will be held out of the scrimmage. Her
rehabilitation is going well, and she has been practicing with the team in all
activities that don't involve contact. However, since she won't be cleared
for contact for another week or two, she won't be able to participate
in Saturday's scrimmage.
Fans, however, will be able to see the team's two freshmen, point guard
Erica Grimaldi and center/forward Nicole Jules, for the first time.
"I think they're both doing great," said Balcomb. "I think what has
impressed me the most about Nicole is that she's comfortable out there
with and against the best post player in the country, and she knows she's
going to get better every day."
"And I think Erica is going to help us, too. They're blending right in,
so instead of slowing us down as freshmen we're kind of moving along
Women's Hoops: Public scrimmage Saturday
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