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What Shea Ralph said about Vanderbilt women's basketball's 2023 signing class

Vanderbilt women's basketball signed a five-player class during the early signing period, the program announced Wednesday. The players include Bailey Gilmore, a 6-foot-3 forward from Midway, Ga.; Madison Greene, a 5-foot-6 guard from Reynoldsburg, Ohio; Aga Makurat, a 6-foot-2 guard from Poland; Aiyana Mitchell, a 6-foot-4 forward from Fountain, Colo.; and Khamil Pierre, a 6-foot-2 forward from Queen Creek, Ariz.
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Thread of Title IX can be traced through Shea Ralph and her mom

By the time Marsha Lake's daughter was 6 years old, her mother could describe her as "one big muscle." Shea Ralph was born rambunctious, endlessly energetic and with a devilish competitive streak that meant mom put her in as many sports as she could handle, plus dance and piano, which didn't stick.
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Vanderbilt basketball: Shea Ralph says Commodores 'peaking at the right time' after blowout win over Texas A&M

A dominant performance against Texas A&M at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville has Vanderbilt moving on to the second round of the SEC Tournament. The Commodores beat the Aggies 85-69 thanks to a triple-double by Jordyn Cambridge, and Brinae Alexander added another 23 points. Sacha Washington posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Iyana Moore scored 18 points.

Creating the Shea Way: Former UConn women’s star, assistant Shea Ralph embracing challenge of rebuilding Vanderbilt in her first season as a head coach

When Shea Ralph asked around for advice on starting out as a head coach, someone told her that the first few months would feel like a tsunami. “And it was true,” said Ralph, a UConn alum and longtime assistant in Storrs who is in her first year at the helm of the Vanderbilt women’s basketball program. “It’s like an enormous wave, and you’re just trying to figure out how to manage it, keep your ...

Why Vanderbilt's Shea Ralph is still talking March after loss to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE — Shea Ralph and Brinae Alexander agreed: Despite the scoreboard in Vanderbilt's 66-52 loss to Tennessee, Sunday was one of the Commodores' best performances in Ralph's first season as coach of the Commodores. . The No. 10 Lady Vols (21-4, 10-2 SEC) outmanned Vanderbilt (12-14, 3-9) in both...
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Shea Ralph talks Vanderbilt-Tennessee rivalry with Volunteers coming to town

On Thursday night, Vanderbilt women’s basketball (10-6, 1-1) will continue with their SEC schedule at home in a rivalry matchup against the No. 5 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (15-1, 4-0). After a shaky start earlier in the season, the Commodores had won five games in a row before losing in their last game to Mississippi State. Head coach Shea Ralph addressed the media on Wednesday night to talk about the upcoming matchup.

Shea Ralph claims first SEC win as Vanderbilt shuts down Arkansas

Coach Shea Ralph finally got in the SEC's win column, even if it took one week longer than expected for league play to start. Vanderbilt beat Arkansas 54-51 at Memorial Gymnasium on Thursday night in its first game since Dec. 28 as the Commodores started 1-0 in the SEC. Brinae Alexander led the 'Dores with 16 points, while Kaylon Smith posted 10 points and nine rebounds — including the game-sealing defensive board right before the final buzzer as Makayla Daniels' 3-pointer missed the mark.
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Q&A: Everything head coach Shea Ralph said on The Hustler Sports 30 Podcast

Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach Shea Ralph joined Justin Hershey and Bryce Smith on The Hustler Sports 30 Podcast last week to discuss her team’s season thus far. Ralph touched on lessons learned working with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, how she was able to keep her freshmen commitments on-board through a coaching change and how satisfied she has been with her team’s performance thus far. Below is a full transcript of her time on the podcast.

Shea Ralph: Vanderbilt showing improvement with SEC play looming

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After Vanderbilt dropped consecutive games to Little Rock and Middle Tennessee State in November while scoring 86 points combined over the two games, a schedule that still featured nonconference games against Rutgers, DePaul, Kansas and reigning national runner-up Arizona looked daunting. Coach Shea Ralph and freshman guard Iyana Moore said Wednesday following the Commodores' 52-41 win over Albany that the team knew outsiders had their doubts.

Vanderbilt tips off Shea Ralph era by coasting past Gardner-Webb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While Vanderbilt's players lined up in front of the student section to sing the alma mater after a 75-59 win over Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night, coach Shea Ralph and her staff embraced on the far side of the court. Associate head coach Tom Garrick, Ralph's husband, then brought over the couple's young daughter to share a hug and kiss with mom.
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Shea Ralph era begins with a 75-59 victory, Brinae Alexander shines

In both Vanderbilt and Gardner-Webb’s opening game of the season, Vanderbilt earned the win, crushing the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 75-59. Brinae Alexander was especially impressive, posting 20 points, seven rebounds, and two assists to lead the Commodores to victory. Though the performance was against a weaker opponent in Gardner-Webb, head coach Shea Ralph can hang her hat on this first contest, as her squad dominated the matchup on both sides of the floor.

Vanderbilt working to build 'winning culture' under new coach Shea Ralph

New Vanderbilt coach Shea Ralph undertook a major rebuilding project in April when the Commodores named the former UConn assistant coach as their choice to lead the women's basketball program, and the returning players for 2021-22 account for just 27 points per game. But the process of identifying a go-to scorer, assigning roles and developing basketball skills was not necessarily the top priority for Ralph and her staff over the offseason, she said Friday.