No. 18 Vanderbilt beats Ole Miss 86-72

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tiffany Clarke and Lauren Lueders scored 18 points apiece and No. 18 Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 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 Ole Miss (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.

The Associated Press