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Vanderbilt women beat Saint Joseph's 60-54 in NCAA

Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt to a 60-54 win Saturday over Saint Joseph's in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

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STORRS, Conn. —

Tiffany Clarke had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Vanderbilt to a 60-54 win Saturday over Saint Joseph's in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

Jasmine Lister added 14 points for the eighth-seeded Commodores, who advance to play either top-seeded Connecticut or No. 16 seed Idaho on Monday night.

Chatilla van Grinsven scored 14 points, all in the second half, for Saint Joseph's (23-9). Natasha Clound and Ilze Gotfrida each chipped in 10.

Vanderbilt (21-11) led most of the way and was up 40-30 after Lister's 3-pointer with 15:54 to play.

Saint Joseph's would not go away, tying it at 48 on a layup by Van Grinsven with 6:48 to go. She had six points in the 8-0 run that closed the gap.

But Heather Bowe's driving layup gave the Commodores the lead back, and Vanderbilt held it down the stretch.

Van Grinsven cut the deficit back to two twice after offensive rebounds. But Lister's driving layup with 40 seconds left made it 58-54, and Van Grinsven fouled out with 28 seconds remaining.

The senior from the Netherlands came in averaging 15 points and 10.5 rebounds this season, but picked up two fouls less than 3 minutes into the game and sat on the bench for the rest of the first half.

Gotfrida made up for her absence, coming off the bench to score eight of the Hawks' first 15 points.

The teams were tied at 25 before Vanderbilt went on an 8-2 run to close the half.

Vanderbilt is playing in its 14th straight NCAA tournament despite an injury-plagued season that forced coach Melanie Balcomb to use seven different starting lineups.

Saint Joseph's was making its 12th NCAA tournament appearance, but its first since 2000. The Hawks beat top-seeded Dayton in the Atlantic 10 semifinals and won the championship game by a point over Fordham.

The game was the 127th in the career of Saint Joseph's guard Ashley Prim, tying Michelle Baker's school record.

Vanderbilt advanced to the second round of the tournament for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons but has been to the Final Four just once, in 1993.

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