Middle Tennessee falls to Vanderbilt in NCAA Women's Tournament 1st Round

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.