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The Vanderbilt Hustler

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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: Sports Recap, heading into February

Moments in Vanderbilt Athletics from the past two weeks that had us on the edge of our seats.
Nikita Rohila
Vanderbilt battled Tennessee on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, at Memorial Gymnasium. (Hustler Multimedia/Nikita Rohila)

February is off to a great start for Vanderbilt Athletics. From men’s basketball stunning Commodore Nation with a buzzer beater to women’s tennis remaining undefeated, take a look at some of our favorite shots we captured over these past two weeks.

Men’s basketball

The 101-44 loss against No. 5 Alabama was one of the hardest losses in Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball history. However, the team made a return with a home win against Ole Miss. With a score of 74-71, the Commodores upset the Rebels at Memorial. 

One of the men’s basketball team’s greatest games of the season was on Feb. 8 when they upset No. 6 Tennessee. With just under five seconds left on the clock, the ‘Dores needed three points to win the game. As the seconds counted down, the fans at Memorial held their breath. Just before the final buzzer sounded, Tyrin Lawrence shot a three-pointer, resulting in the ‘Dores’ win 86-85. The crowd went wild as the student section stormed the court to celebrate the victory with the team. 

“It felt great,” Lawrence said after the buzzer-beater. “That’s stuff we dream about as kids — in the backyard, counting down from 3, 2, 1. Glad I was able to hit a game-winner; it’s something I’ll never forget.”

Women’s Basketball

On Jan. 29, the women’s basketball team faced Texas A&M and celebrated their first SEC win of the season. Ciaja Harbison performed at an all-time high, scoring 41. 

“I’m excited about my performance, but I’m more excited about the win that my team put out today together,” Harbison said. “Today was a result of the hard work that we’ve been putting in since the beginning of the year.”

The women’s team returned to Memorial on Feb. 5 and faced a tough game against the Georgia Bulldogs with a 79-61 home loss. This game followed the team’s first SEC win of the season. 

“I think that we need to be really intentional about how we hold each other accountable,” head coach Shea Ralph said after the game. “There needs to be direct conversation about how we can change to be better.”

After suffering an away loss against Arkansas a few weeks ago, the Commodores were on the edge of their seat for the home game against Arkansas on Feb. 9. Scoring 78-70, the women’s team earned their second win of the season. 

Next, the team will travel to Knoxville on Sunday, Feb. 12 to battle UTK.

Women’s Tennis

Women’s tennis earned a huge win recently, securing their spot in the ITA National Indoor Championship. On Feb. 3, the team had their home opener, defeating Louisville

“Overall, really happy with the team’s performance today against Louisville in our first home match of the spring. I thought we competed really well in both doubles and singles,” head coach Aleke Tsoubanos said after the game.

Men’s Tennis

At the ITA Kickoff in Los Angeles, the men’s team faced losses to USC and Memphis. Back in Nashville, the team faced another blow from Princeton by 4-2. However, the Commodores came back strong the next day against Tennessee State, winning 6-0. 

The ‘Dores will play their next home game on Feb. 12 at noon against Rice.

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About the Contributors
Nikita Rohila
Nikita Rohila, Senior Staff Photographer
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Deputy Social Media Director. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
Narenkumar Thirmiya
Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer
Narenkumar Thirmiya ('24) is from Orlando, Fla., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, he is streaming TV, playing the piano or guitar or exploring nature photography. You can reach him at [email protected].
Anseley Philippe
Anseley Philippe, Staff Writer and Photographer
Anseley Philippe ('25) is a potential biomedical engineering and Spanish double-major who aspires to be an immunologist. Outside of The Hustler, he can be found queuing up at 2301, wandering around campus during his evening promenades or trying to keep up with his Spanish. He can be reached at [email protected].
Lily Mae Cochell
Lily Mae Cochell, Former Staff Photographer
Lily Mae Cochell ('26) is majoring in neuroscience and psychology in the College of Arts and Science. During her free time, Lily Mae loves volunteering with VSVS, going on runs and spending time with her Chi Omega sisters. She can be reached at [email protected].
Michael Tung
Michael Tung, Staff Photographer
Michael Tung ('26) is majoring in computer science. He is currently a staff photographer and is originally from Dublin, Ohio. His interests are photography, engineering, all things aerospace and music. He can be reached at [email protected]
Barrie Barto
Barrie Barto, Editor-in-Chief
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with neuroscience and communication of science & technology minors in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. When she's not strolling around campus with her camera, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Chloe Pryor
Chloe Pryor, Staff Writer and Photographer
Chloe Pryor (‘26) is from Fort Smith, Ark., and is double majoring in psychology and communications studies. When not writing for The Hustler, you can fund her reading, drawing or running late for class. You can reach her at [email protected].
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