Weather prompts Vanderbilt to postpone basketball game

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:28pm

Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball home game against Florida on Thursday night has been postponed because of severe weather expected to hit the area. 

The game — the Commodores’ final home game of the regular season — has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Friday at Memorial Gymnasium. It will no longer be carried on television. CSS was set to carry the 8 p.m. tip-off on Thursday. The game will still be broadcast on WNSR 560 AM.

“We were in communication with first responder agencies throughout the day,” Vanderbilt Senior Woman’s Administrator Candice Lee said in a statement.  “Nashville’s Office of Emergency Management issued a statement urging residents to be home by 6 p.m. and remain there for the evening. Vice Chancellor David Williams consulted Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive before a final decision was reached. Our concern is for the safety and well-being of everyone involved before, during and after the game.”

The National Weather Service classified the severe weather risk as moderate for the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. Heavy rain, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes could hit the Middle Tennessee area. A flood watch is in effect through 6 a.m. on Friday and Dickson, Hickman and Montgomery counties are all under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Thursday.

Ferriss leaves Vanderbilt: Freshman Kayci Ferriss is no longer with the Vanderbilt women’s basketball team or at the university.

Ferriss, a 6-foot-7 freshman from Carthage, withdrew from the university earlier this week for personal reasons.

She was redshirting this season and has been off the basketball court for two years, including her senior season at Smith County, because of a stress fracture. She averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, 12 blocks and six assists as a high school junior and was named Tennessee’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

“It was her decision to leave and it was nothing that involved basketball,” Vanderbilt women’s basketball coach Melanie Balcomb said. “I just know it didn’t have anything to do with what was going on here.”