Vanderbilt has lost four in a row and nine of 11, but the Commodores made the NCAA tournament for a 15th straight year.
Losers of three straight and six of eight, Arizona State can relate.
Two teams that ended the regular season on poor notes try to write a more promising postseason chapter Saturday in Toledo as the eighth-seeded Commodores face the No. 9 seed Sun Devils.
"It's a fresh start and we worked very hard to get here," Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said. "We had a lot of time off, and it kills the momentum either way. We're really looking forward to playing our best basketball here in March."
Vandy (18-12) has won at least one NCAA tournament game in 10 of the last 11 seasons.
Arizona State (22-9) hasn't won a tournament game since 2009, and this time it will face a bit of a scheduling challenge.
The Sun Devils had to travel three time zones to the east for their first-round game, and they'll play at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Their shootaround slot before the game is schedul...