first_imgVanderbilt enters the women’s SEC Tournament on a low note, but it still has one last shot to turn around an otherwise disappointing season.The No. 11 seed Commodores (14-15, 5-11 SEC) play No. 14 seed Alabama (13-18, 2-14) in the first round on Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark., on SEC Network Alternate. They will tip off about 8:30 p.m., after the conclusion of the 6 p.m. game between Florida and Auburn.Here are five things to know about Vanderbilt as the SEC Tournament tips off: Streak in jeopardy Vanderbilt has been to the NCAA Tournament 15 consecutive years, including the past 12 under current coach Melanie Balcomb. But with a losing overall record and an RPI outside the top 60, it likely must win the SEC Tournament to keep the streak alive.A tournament exit, especially an early one, would cap a disappointing two-year slide. Last season’s 18-13 record was the first under 20 wins in Balcomb’s tenure. The Commodores already finished the regular season with a losing record for the first time since 1982-83.SEC women’s basketball tournament schedule Rare long road A No. 11 seed is Vanderbilt’s worst tournament position in program history, so its road through the bracket will be difficult. The Commodores must win five games in five days to take home an SEC Tournament title.Despite losing seven of its past nine games, Vanderbilt could get past the first round. After all, Alabama has lost 14 of its past 16 contests.But after that, Vanderbilt would have to beat Kentucky, Mississippi State and possibly Tennessee and South Carolina. The Commodores had a 1-5 record against those foes in the regular season with an average losing margin of 21.4 points. New to tourney Vanderbilt lost its SEC Tournament opener for the first time under Balcomb last season, adding to the postseason inexperience of the returning members on this squad.Juniors Morgan Batey and Jasmine Jenkins have each played in three SEC Tournament games, but the remaining 11 players on the roster have a combined eight games of tournament experience. There are no seniors on this team. Shoot it Redshirt freshman Rebekah Dahlman will make her postseason debut, and sophomore Marqu’es Webb will play only her second SEC Tournament game. Both must be at their best.Dahlman, an SEC all-freshman honoree, leads Vanderbilt in scoring (10.1 points), but she endured a 2-for-18 shooting slump in the past two games. Webb has shot a scorching 67.8 percent from the field in the past five games but she has been plagued by foul trouble.Vanderbilt is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, ranked 11th nationally. Issue of injuries Sophomore Kendall Shaw and freshman Christa Reed have been out 13 straight games with ankle injuries, and they will not return in the tournament. Khaléann Caron-Goudreau, a 6-foot-3 freshman, has missed 14 consecutive games due to a back injury, but there is a small chance she could return if Vanderbilt advances in the bracket.Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks. WOMEN’S SEC TOURNAMENT NO. 11 VANDERBILT (14-15, 5-11 SEC) vs. NO. 14 ALABAMA (13-18, 2-14)When: 8:30 p.m. WednesdayWhere: Little Rock, Ark.Radio: SEC Network Alternate/560-AM, 95.9-FMlast_img