To say the least, it was an eventful week for Ashley McElhiney, former Vanderbilt star and current head coach of the Nashville Rhythm of the American Basketball Association. Within a span of eight days pro basketball's first female head coach was fired, re-hired, and welcomed home by a happy throng in her home town. This series of photos by VandyMania's Whitney D. helps document for all time the bizarre saga.
February 8, 2005
After a week of false starts as the WNBA put the finishing touches on a collective bargaining agreement, the 2003 WNBA draft was held on Friday. Both of Vanderbilt's graduating seniors, center Chantelle Anderson and point guard Ashley McElhiney, were drafted.
April 25, 2003
<i>After Vanderbilt's 54-44 victory over the Liberty Lady Flames, Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb, senior center Chantelle Anderson, and junior forward Jenni Benningfield met the press. Afterwards, VandyMania talked with junior forward Jenni Benningfield and junior guard Hillary Hager. First, Coach Balcomb was asked to make an opening comment.</I>
March 23, 2003
<i>After Friday's practice, <!--Default NodeId For Vanderbilt is 578,2005--><A HREF=http://vanderbilt.TheInsiders.com>Vanderbilt</A> Head Coach <!--Default NodeId For Melanie Balcomb is 660027,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:660027]>Melanie Balcomb</A>, senior center <!--Default NodeId For Chantelle Anderson is 316786,2002--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:316786]>Chantelle Anderson</A>, senior point guard
March 21, 2003
<i>After Vanderbilt's 78-69 loss to the LSU Lady Tigers in the SEC Tournament semi-finals, Vanderbilt players and coaches answered questions from the press. First, Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb made some opening comments, then Coach Balcomb, senior center Chantelle Anderson, and junior forward Jenni Benningfield answered questions from the press. </i>
March 10, 2003