Even though the trip is a business trip with basketball practices as usual, the Dores have had some time to enjoy the tropical island. Sightseeing in Old San Juan and a visit to a tropical rain forest, including the chance to frolic in the pool at the bottom of a cascading waterfall, gave the team a chance to experience some of the unique features of the island.
On Friday evening, with sight-seeing and tropical adventures behind them, it was time to take the court against the Virginia Cavaliers for their first game of the Shoot Out.
In the unlikely event that fans attending the game forgot that they weren't in Nashville, there were plenty of reminders in the gym, from the request to keep your feet off the seats in front of you to the announcement of Jaz-MEEN LEES-ter in the starting lineup.
Freshman Heather Bowe got the first start of her Vanderbilt career, replacing Kady Schrann in the starting lineup allowing Elan Brown to slide over to the third guard position.
Several familiar faces now with other teams were in San Juan. Former Vanderbilt star Ashley Earley is an assistant coach for Virginia. Hadley Zeavin, a long-time manager at Vanderbilt, is the team's administrative assistant. Kornell Battle, a former Director of Basketball Operations at Vanderbilt, is now an assistant coach at Syracuse and joined Charlie Mattos on the radio broadcast at halftime.
At halftime, Virginia held an 11-point lead at 37-26. Early in the second half, Jasmine Lister knocked down a couple of 3-pointers.
With junior post Stephanie Holzer out for the season, more responsibility falls onto the shoulders of the freshman posts Kendall Shaw and Heather Bowe. In this photo post coach Vicky Picott uses a teachable moment in the game to make a point.
Coming off the bench for the first time this season, Kady Shrann scored 10 points, including 4-4 from the free throw line, in 24 minutes of play.
Midway through the second half, Vanderbilt cut the Virginia lead down to three points at 47-44. As it turned out, that's as close s the Dores would get, but the run made the game competitive until the end. RayTe'a Long kept the DE-FENSE cheer going, and the entire bench (including Claire Watson and Kristen Gaffney in this photo) joined in.
Vanderbilt returns to the court on Saturday evening to face the 4-0 Florida State Seminoles, who routed Eastern Kentucky University 90-51 in their first game in the Shoot Out. Game time is 4 p.m. Central Time. Charlie Mattos will broadcast the game, but due to a scheduling conflict, it will not be heard on WNSR. Instead, vucommodores.com will provide free audio streaming.
Photos copyright 2012 by Whitney D. for VandyMania.com