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No. 18 Vanderbilt beats Mississippi 86-72

Jan 3, 2010 - 10:27 PM NASHVILLE, Tenn.(AP) -- Tiffany Clarke and Lauren Lueders scored 18 points apiece and No. 18 Vanderbilt 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 Blacks 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.