NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tiffany Clarke and Lauren Lueders scored 18 points apiece and Vanderbilt (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) defeated Mississippi 86-72 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.
Clarke scored 15 first-half points on 7-of-9 shooting, but picked up two quick fouls about four minutes into the second half and sat out for more than 12 minutes.Lueders hit three of her four 3-pointers in the second half.Meredith Marsh scored 16 and Jence Rhoads had 11 points and 10 assists for Vanderbilt (12-2, 1-0).Bianca Thomas led Mississippi (9-5, 0-1) with 20 points, while Nikki Byrd scored 16 points before fouling out with 2:44. Shantell Black scored 13 and Kayla Melson had 10 points.The Commodores went on a 12-0 run after Ole Miss took the lead 3-2 on Shantell Black's 3-pointer, hitting 6-of-7 shots to start the game. Vanderbilt stretched the lead to 19 points with the help of 3-point baskets by Rhoads, Lueders and Marsh.