Monday, March 17, 2008

Vandy Women Will Dance With #4 Seed

While they may not be getting as much hype as their male counterparts, the Vanderbilt's women's basketball team also received a #4 seed on Monday, and will face Montana in the first round of the NCAA in Albuquerque on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. CST.

Montana is a strong team, and they will be coming into the game with momentum, after a 101-65 blowout win in the title game of the Big Sky tournament.
Still, you have to like Vandy in this first round matchup.

Montana boasts a 25-6 record this season. However, the Lady Griz benefited greatly from home court advantage, winning all 17 of their games at Dahlberg Arena, an advantage they won't have Saturday, when they face a top 25 team for the first time this season.

The Vanderbilt women are also taking care of business when it comes to unseeded opponents, with a 22-2 record against teams unranked by the AP poll this season.
It should be mentioned that the Commodores are also very young this year, with just three upperclassmen on the roster in Jennifer Risper, Christina Wirth, and Liz Sherwood.

They have all played big roles in Vanderbilt's balanced attack this year, which, as ESPN's Melanie Jackson points out, has five players averaging 8.8 points or more per game, but none with more than 12.9. If Vanderbilt is going to go deep in this tournament, it is imperative that the three set the tone.

Should Vanderbilt win on Saturday, it will go on to face the winner of an interesting matchup between #5 West Virginia, and #12 New Mexico, who will be playing at home, and maybe a very dangerous opponent having won six straight games coming into the tournament.

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