Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball

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Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt Commodores athletic logo
UniversityVanderbilt University
ConferenceSEC
LocationNashville, TN
Head coachMelanie Balcomb (8th year)
ArenaMemorial Gymnasium
(Capacity: 14,316)
NicknameCommodores
Colors

Black and Gold

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
1993
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2002
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1993, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009
 
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Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt Commodores athletic logo
UniversityVanderbilt University
ConferenceSEC
LocationNashville, TN
Head coachMelanie Balcomb (8th year)
ArenaMemorial Gymnasium
(Capacity: 14,316)
NicknameCommodores
Colors

Black and Gold

            
Uniforms
Kit body thinsidesonwhite.png
Home jersey
Kit shorts blanksides2.png
Team colours
Home
Kit body thingoldsides.png
Away jersey
Kit shorts thingoldsides.png
Team colours
Away
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
1993
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2002
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
1993, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009

The Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball team represents Vanderbilt University in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Commodores have never won the SEC championship, although they have won six SEC tournament titles (1993, 1995, 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2009); the SEC has awarded its official championship based solely on regular-season record since the 1985–86 season.[1] Melanie Balcomb is the current head coach of the Commodores.

Memorial Gymnasium[edit]

The Commodores play their home games in Memorial Gymnasium. Memorial Gymnasium was built in the early 1950s. It was dedicated as the campus memorial to students and alumni killed in World War II; a plaque commemorating those who died is displayed in the Gym's North lobby.

At the time of the Gym's construction, there was a serious discussion within the Vanderbilt community about whether the school should de-emphasize intercollegiate athletics and refocus on its academic program. As a compromise between those who advocated increased athletics competition and those who argued in favor of de-emphasis, the Gymnasium was built to hold only about 9,000 seats, and it would be readily adaptable to other uses—significantly, as a possible concert hall.

Consequently, the gymnasium floor was built up above its surroundings, more in the nature of a stage. The areas out of bounds along the sidelines were very wide, in contrast with the small facility which it replaced, where the walls were right along the sidelines and players could scrape their shoulders bringing the ball up the court. This necessitated the placement of the benches at the end of the court, which was not highly unusual at the time.

In addition, each goal was anchored by two far-reaching beams attached to support columns, with extra support coming from cables stretching all the way to the gym's ceiling. In the case of a backboard shatter or beam fracture, replacing these goals would be highly difficult, compared to the usual goal setup at most venues.

Memorial Gym is well known for its unusual design. The end-of-the-floor bench location is now unique in major college basketball, and SEC coaches who travel to Memorial, along with coaches from other schools who have played at Vanderbilt as a post-season venue, have said that the unusual setup gives Vanderbilt a tremendous home court advantage, since no other facility in which opponents play is arranged in such a way.[2]

2013–14 Roster[edit]

2013–14 Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball team
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightYearHigh School/Junior CollegeHome town
G1Dahlman, RebekahRebekah Dahlman5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)FrBraham AreaBraham, Minn.
F3Bowe, HeatherHeather Bowe6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)SoRegisEau Claire, Wis.
G5Schrann, KadyKady Schrann5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)JrYork CatholicYork, Pa.
G10Foggie, ChristinaChristina Foggie5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)SrLenape RegionalMount Laurel, N.J.
G11Lister, JasmineJasmine Lister5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)SrSantiagoCorona, Calif.
G15Jenkins, JasmineJasmine Jenkins5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)SoEast HallGainesville, Ga.
F22Webb, Marqu'esMarqu'es Webb6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)FrHooverHoover, Ala.
G23Smith, KyleeKylee Smith5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)FrAlpharettaAlpharetta, Ga.
F24Gaffney, KristenKristen Gaffney6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)RS FrGreen HopeCary, N.C.
G25Batey, MorganMorgan Batey5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)SoPace AcademyAtlanta, Ga.
C35Shaw, KendallKendall Shaw6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)SoBarbers HillMont Belvieu, Texas
F44Long, Rayte'aRayte'a Long6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)SoChaminadeDayton, Ohio
Head coach

Melanie Balcomb

Assistant coach(es)

Tom Garrick
Kim Rosamond
Ashley Earley


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-08-16

Year by year results[edit]

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source[3]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseasonCoaches' pollAP poll
Joe Pepper (Independent, SEC) (1977–1980)
1977-78Joe Pepper15–9
1978-79Joe Pepper11–16
1979-80Joe Pepper12–14
Joe Pepper:38–39
Phil Lee (Independent, SEC) (1980–1991)
1980-81Phil Lee12–16
1981-82Phil Lee20–14AIAW First Round
1982-83Phil Lee12–142–64th (SEC East)
1983-84Phil Lee23–92–6T-3rd (SEC East)NWIT Champions
1984-85Phil Lee14–132–65th (SEC East)
1985-86Phil Lee22–94–5T-6thNCAA Second Round (Bye)2520
1986-87Phil Lee23–104–56thNCAA Second Round (Bye)2118
1987-88Phil Lee18–104–57th
1988-89Phil Lee21–85–4T-4thNCAA First Round
1989-90Phil Lee23–115–45thNCAA Sixteen17
1990-91Phil Lee19–124–5T-5thNCAA Sixteen20
Phil Lee:207–12632–46
Jim Foster (SEC) (1991–2002)
1991-92Jim Foster22–96–5T-4thNCAA Quarterfinals713
1992-93Jim Foster30–39–2T-2nd#NCAA Semifinals41
1993-94Jim Foster25–89–22ndNCAA Sixteen1312
1994-95Jim Foster28–78–3T-2nd#NCAA Sixteen86
1995-96Jim Foster23–87–4T-3rdNCAA Quarterfinals712
1996-97Jim Foster20–116–66thNCAA Sixteen1720
1997-98Jim Foster20–99–54thNCAA First Round2518
1998-99Jim Foster13–146–8T-8th
1999-2000Jim Foster21–136–8T-6thNCAA Second Round25
2000-01Jim Foster24–108–6T-6thNCAA Quarterfinals710
2001-02Jim Foster30–710–4T-2nd#NCAA Quarterfinals54
Jim Foster:256–9984–53
Melanie Balcomb (SEC) (2002–present)
2002-03Melanie Balcomb22–109–5T-5thNCAA Second Round2014
2003-04Melanie Balcomb26–88–64th#NCAA Sixteen1313
2004-05Melanie Balcomb24–810–43rdNCAA Sixteen1418
2005-06Melanie Balcomb21–118–6T-5thNCAA Second Round22
2006-07Melanie Balcomb28–610–4T-3rd#NCAA Second Round177
2007-08Melanie Balcomb25–911–33rdNCAA Sixteen1521
2008-09Melanie Balcomb26–910–4T-2nd#NCAA Sixteen814
2009-10Melanie Balcomb23–119–7T-3rdNCAA Second Round24
2010-11Melanie Balcomb20–1210–6T-3rdNCAA First Round
2011-12Melanie Balcomb23–109–77thNCAA Second Round
2012-13Melanie Balcomb21–129–77thNCAA Second Round
Melanie Balcomb:259–106103–59
Total:760–370

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Other awards and honors[edit]

Coaching awards[edit]

References[edit]

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