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Vanderbilt Women Down Rival Middle Tennessee

Posted: Updated: March 18, 2012 06:50 PM CDT
Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke (34) and Stephanie Holzer (21) block the shot of MTSU's Ebony Rowe, center, during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament 1st round game Sunday, March 18, 2012, Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Russell) Vanderbilt's Tiffany Clarke (34) and Stephanie Holzer (21) block the shot of MTSU's Ebony Rowe, center, during the first half of an NCAA women's college basketball tournament 1st round game Sunday, March 18, 2012, Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Russell)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jasmine Lister scored 19 points and led seventh-seeded Vanderbilt past in-state rival Middle Tennessee 60-46 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Sunday.

These teams hadn't met since 1992 despite being about 40 miles apart. Vanderbilt (23-9) led 25-18 at halftime and used a 20-5 run in the second half to pull away from 10th-seeded Middle Tennessee.

Vanderbilt will play either second-seeded Duke or Samford on Tuesday night.

Kortni Jones led Middle Tennessee (26-7) with 12 points and Ebony Rowe had 10 with 16 rebounds as the Blue Raiders lost their third straight opening NCAA game to a Southeastern Conference team.

Middle Tennessee shot only 28.1 percent for the game to 42.1 percent for Vanderbilt.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

 

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