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Anchor Drop, March 5, 2020: Women’s basketball season ends

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Vanderbilt loses to Auburn in the first game of the SEC Tournament.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Vanderbilt women’s basketball ended its season yesterday with a 77-67 loss to 13-seed Auburn in the first game of the SEC Tournament, in spite of a career-high 26 points from freshman Koi Love. That gave the Commodores a 14-16 record on the season, paired with a 4-12 SEC record.

So, let’s have the discussion. This was Stephanie White’s fourth season at Vanderbilt. She still hasn’t had a winning season. Her overall record is 42-79, and her SEC record is a ghastly 13-51. But at least this year was considerably better than the last two years, and the team really did appear to be turning a corner early on before falling apart in SEC play. And losing Brinae Alexander — the team’s second-leading scorer — early on to injury certainly didn’t help. The team’s leading scorer for the season (Koi Love) is a freshman, and the only losses for next season are Mariella Fasoula (a big loss) and LeaLea Carter (a role player.)

Frankly, I can go either way on this one — I think the team showed enough this season that you can see where this might get turned around, but I also totally understand anyone who’s run out of patience with this staff.

The only other news: Vanderbilt lacrosse dropped a 20-13 decision to #13 Michigan, falling to 4-3 on the season.