Women's Hoops: Scrimmage report

After a two-hour practice on Saturday, the women's basketball team opened the gym doors and invited the public to watch a scrimmage between the black and the gold. Afterwards, the Commodore Crew held a potluck luncheon to welcome the new coaching staff and players to Vanderbilt.

Here are some of VandyMania's photos from the event . . . click on the thumbnails to see a larger version of the photos.

Freshman Nicole Jules (in gold) gets to practice against the best post player in the country (in black) every day, and Saturday was no exception.

After the scrimmage, Channel 2 conducted interviews for the 10 o'clock news. Ashley Earley explained for the 254th time (well, maybe that's just a little bit of an exaggeration) that her rehabilitation is going well and that she should be ready to play in time for the second exhibition game on November10.

Afterwards, the potluck luncheon was held in the Donor Room on the second floor of Memorial Gym. After everyone had a chance to eat, and eat, then eat some more, Coach Melanie Balcomb spoke to the crowd and introduced her staff.

After Coach Balcomb finished speaking, each of the classes were introduced. Abi Ramsey, who sizzled from 3-point range during the scrimmage, used the opportunity to confess to the crowd that she'd cut her hair short over the summer.

Venessa Ferragamo earnestly explained to the crowd that her nickname "Furry" derives from her last name while the rest of the sophomores and juniors watch and listen. From left to right: Tia Battle, Ashley Earley, Hillary Hager, Venessa Ferragamo, Abi Ramsey, Jenni Benningfield, and Jutta Korkko.

After two hours of practice, a scrimmage, and standing up to speak to a crowded room of Vandy fans, freshmen Nicole Jules and Erica Grimaldi were still able to smile.

And then it was time for more schmoozing amongst the coaches, the staff, the team and the fans.

The Commodore Crew was formed in 1991 for the purpose of uniting fans of Vanderbilt women's basketball to support the continuing growh of the sport.

Membership in the Commodore Crew entitles you to access to pre- and post-game comments by players and coaches at selected games, a women's basketball newsletter, a parking permit, giveaways at home games, invitations to special events, and bus trips to selected away games.

Family membership is $100, and an individual membership is $50. For further information or to apply for membership, call Vicki Spina in the Women's Basketball Office at 343-8482.

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