Saturday’s NCAA Tournament first round loss to Arizona State meant the end of an era for Vanderbilt, which is graduating guards Christina Foggie and Jasmine Lister, both in the top 10 of the prestigious program’s career scoring lists.
Foggie averaged 19 per game as the SEC’s leading scorer, while Lister posted 14 per night and started every game since her freshman season. Foggie is expected to be drafted into the WNBA next month, while the 5-foot-4 Lister may have an outside chance of making a roster.
“These two players on and off the court represent Vanderbilt in such a positive way,” 12th-year Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said. “There couldn’t be any better ambassadors out there than Jasmine and Foggie, and it’s been for four years.”
The Commodores finished 18-13 and 7-9 in the SEC, a league that sent eight teams to the Big Dance. After being ranked No. 16 in the nation Feb. 10, Vanderbilt finished by dropping 10 of 12, but still received a tourney bid for the 15th-consecutive time. It was the fifth-straight year it couldn’t advance to the Sweet 16.
“Our work ethic together, the chemistry of what we built, continues to grow and inspire teammates to play at a whole new level,” Lister said of what her legacy will be. “Just getting people to by into coach’s system and have fun playing basketball.”
Lister tallied nine points in her finale Saturday, while Foggie scored 16, but was shut out for the game’s first 12 minutes.
“The biggest thing that Jasmine shows is passion and having fun for the game, and I think that’s what shows is that we love playing basketball together,” Foggie said.
Freshman forward Marqu’es Webb, who averages seven points per game, broke out with a career-best and game-high 18 points Saturday in Toledo. She will return, along with Rebekah Dahlman, who was posting 11.4 points before a season-ending injury sidelined her in December.
“For me I just think it was an honor to have played just a year with them, they worked so hard on and off the court,” Webb said of Foggie and Lister. “They work so hard to be the people they are, and it really was an honor. My basketball IQ increased, and I hope I’m just half the leader and player they are by the time it’s my senior year.”
While 12 Vanderbilt players have been drafted in the WNBA, the last to appear in a game was Christina Wirth with the Indiana Fever in 2009. The most-accomplished was Sheri Sam who played 10 years and won two titles with the Storm and Shock. Chantelle Anderson and Carla Thomas were both first round picks under Balcomb.