Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball

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Vanderbilt Commodores
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UniversityVanderbilt University
Head coach Shea Ralph (1st season)
Conference SEC
Location Nashville, Tennessee
Arena Memorial Gymnasium
(Capacity: 14,316)
Nickname Commodores
ColorsBlack and gold [1]
   
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
1993
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2002
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009
NCAA Tournament Second round
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances
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
AIAW Tournament Appearances
1982
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 regular season 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. [2] The team is coached by Shea Ralph, entering her first season, following an abbreviated 2020-21 season that was canceled after eight games due to COVID-19 issues, opt-outs, player injuries and transfer requests under fifth-year head coach Stephanie White. [3] [4]

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Memorial Gymnasium

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.

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. [5]

Current roster

2020–21 Vanderbilt Commodores women's basketball team
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
G 0Bella LaChance5 ft 6 in(1.68 m)Fr St. Thomas Aquinas HS Davie, FL
G 1Enna Pehadzik5 ft 9 in(1.75 m)RS SrHorsens Statsskole Horsens, DEN
G 2Chelsie Hall5 ft 7 in(1.7 m)Sr Seffner Christian Boca Raton, FL
G 3Jordyn Cambridge5 ft 9 in(1.75 m)Jr Ensworth Nashville, TN
F 5Yaubryon Chambers6 ft 1 in(1.85 m)So Providence Christian Murfreesboro, TN
G 12Demi Washington5 ft 10 in(1.78 m)So New Hope Wake Forest, NC
G 15Brinae Alexander5 ft 9 in(1.75 m)Jr Riverdale HS Murfreesboro, TN
G 22Brylee Bartrum5 ft 8 in(1.73 m)So Seffner Christian Tampa, FL
F 23Koi Love6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)So Miami Country Orlando, FL
F 24Autumn Newby6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)Sr Archer HS Lawrenceville, GA
F 25Kyndall Golden6 ft 3 in(1.91 m)So New Manchester HS Atlanta, GA
G 33Kiara Pearl5 ft 8 in(1.73 m)So Eastern HS Louisville, KY
C 44Emily Bowman6 ft 6 in(1.98 m)Fr Huntsville HS Huntsville, AL
F 50Kaylon Smith5 ft 10 in(1.78 m)SoOxbridge West Palm Beach, FL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: November 22, 2020

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source [6]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseasonCoaches' pollAP poll
Joe Pepper (Independent, SEC)(1977–1980)
1977-78Joe Pepper 15–9
1978-79Joe Pepper 11–16
1979-80Joe Pepper 12–14
Joe Pepper:38–39
Phil Lee (Independent, SEC)(1980–1991)
1980-81Phil Lee 12–16
1981-82Phil Lee 20–14 AIAW first round
1982-83Phil Lee 12–142–64th (SEC East)
1983-84Phil Lee 23–92–6T-3rd (SEC East)NWIT Champions
1984-85Phil Lee 14–132–65th (SEC East)
1985-86Phil Lee 22–94–5T-6thNCAA Second Round (Bye)2520
1986-87Phil Lee 23–104–56thNCAA Second Round (Bye)2118
1987-88Phil Lee 18–104–57th
1988-89Phil Lee 21–85–4T-4thNCAA First Round
1989-90Phil Lee 23–115–45thNCAA Sweet Sixteen17
1990-91Phil Lee 19–124–5T-5thNCAA Sweet Sixteen20
Phil Lee:207–12632–46
Jim Foster (SEC)(1991–2002)
1991-92Jim Foster 22–96–5T-4thNCAA Elite Eight713
1992-93Jim Foster 30–39–2T-2nd#NCAA Final Four41
1993-94Jim Foster 25–89–22ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen1312
1994-95Jim Foster 28–78–3T-2nd#NCAA Sweet Sixteen86
1995-96Jim Foster 23–87–4T-3rdNCAA Elite Eight712
1996-97Jim Foster 20–116–66thNCAA Sweet Sixteen1720
1997-98Jim Foster 20–99–54thNCAA First Round2518
1998-99Jim Foster 13–146–8T-8th
1999-2000Jim Foster 21–136–8T-6thNCAA Second Round25
2000-01Jim Foster 24–108–6T-6thNCAA Elite Eight710
2001-02Jim Foster 30–710–4T-2nd#NCAA Elite Eight54
Jim Foster:256–9984–53
Melanie Balcomb (SEC)(2002–2016)
2002-03Melanie Balcomb 22–109–5T-5thNCAA Second Round2014
2003-04Melanie Balcomb 26–88–64th#NCAA Sweet Sixteen1313
2004-05Melanie Balcomb 24–810–43rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen1418
2005-06Melanie Balcomb 21–118–6T-5thNCAA Second Round22
2006-07Melanie Balcomb 28–610–4T-3rd#NCAA Second Round177
2007-08Melanie Balcomb 25–911–33rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen1521
2008-09Melanie Balcomb 26–910–4T-2nd#NCAA Sweet Sixteen814
2009-10Melanie Balcomb 23–119–7T-3rdNCAA Second Round24
2010-11Melanie Balcomb 20–1210–6T-3rdNCAA First Round
2011-12Melanie Balcomb 23–109–77thNCAA Second Round
2012-13Melanie Balcomb 21–129–77thNCAA Second Round
2013-14Melanie Balcomb 18–137–98thNCAA First Round
2014-15Melanie Balcomb 15–165–11T-11th
2015–16Melanie Balcomb 18–145–1111th
Melanie Balcomb:310–149120–90
Stephanie White (SEC)(2016–2021)
2016–17Stephanie White 14–164–1213th
2017–18Stephanie White 7–243–13T-12th
2018–19Stephanie White 7–232–1414th
2019–20Stephanie White 14–164–1213th
2020–21Stephanie White 4–40–3Season canceled Jan. 2021 [7]
Stephanie White:46–8313–55
Shea Ralph (SEC)(2021–present)
2021–22Shea Ralph 14–174–1213th
Shea Ralph:14–174–12
Total:869–503

      National champion        Postseason invitational 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

Postseason results

NCAA Division I

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
1986 #5Second Round#4 OklahomaL 67-86
1987 #5Second Round#4 James MadisonL 60-68
1989 #7First Round#10 St. Joseph'sL 68-82
1990 #6First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Rutgers
#3 Iowa
#2 Auburn
W 78-75
W 61-56
L 67-89
1991 #10First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 South Carolina
#2 Purdue
#3 Auburn
W 73-64
W 69-63
L 45-58
1992 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#6 Connecticut
#2 Miami (FL)
#1 Virginia
W 75-47
W 77-67
L 58-70
1993 #1Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#9 California
#4 Stephen F. Austin
#6 Louisiana Tech
#2 Texas Tech
W 82-63
W 59-56
W 58-53
L 46-60
1994 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Grambling State
#10 Minnesota
#3 North Carolina
W 95-85
W 98-72
L 69-73
1995 #1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 Northern Illinois
#8 Memphis
#4 Purdue
W 90-54
W 95-68
L 66-67
1996 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Harvard
#6 Wisconsin
#2 Iowa
#1 Connecticut
W 100-83
W 96-82
W 74-63
L 57-67
1997 #6First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Washington
#3 Kansas
#2 Georgia
W 74-62
W 51-44
L 52-66
1998 #6First Round#11 UC Santa BarbaraL 71-76
2000 #9First Round
Second Round
#8 Kansas
#1 Louisiana Tech
W 71-69 (2OT)
L 65-66
2001 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Idaho State
#6 Colorado
#2 Iowa State
#1 Notre Dame
W 83-57
W 65-59
W 84-65
L 64-72
2002 #1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Oakland
#9 Arizona State
#4 North Carolina
#2 Tennessee
W 63-38
W 61-35
W 70-61
L 63-68
2003 #4First Round
Second Round
#13 Liberty
#5 Boston College
W 54-44
L 85-86
2004 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Lipscomb
#10 Chattanooga
#6 Stanford
W 76-45
W 60-44
L 55-57
2005 #5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Montana
#4 Kansas State
#1 Michigan State
W 67-44
W 63-60
L 64-76
2006 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Louisville
#1 North Carolina
W 76-64
L 70-89
2007 #2First Round
Second Round
#15 Delaware State
#7 Bowling Green
W 62-47
L 59-60
2008 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Montana
#5 West Virginia
#1 Maryland
W 75-62
W 64-46
L 66-80
2009 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Western Carolina
#5 Kansas State
#1 Maryland
W 73-44
W 74-61
L 74-78
2010 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 DePaul
#3 Xavier
W 83-76 (OT)
L 62-63
2011 #10First Round#7 LouisvilleL 62-81
2012 #7First Round
Second Round
#10 Middle Tenn
#2 Duke
W 60-46
L 80-96
2013 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 St. Joseph's
#1 Connecticut
W 60-54
L 44-77
2014 #8First Round#9 Arizona StateL 61-69

AIAW Division I

The Commodores made one appearance in the AIAW National Division I basketball tournament, with a combined record of 0–1.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1982 First Round Delta State L, 79–90

Other awards and honors

Player awards

SEC Awards

Chantelle Anderson - 2002

See also

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