VU WBB: Vanderbilt 60, St. Joe's 54

Tiffany Clarke led all scorers with 16 points, and Jasmine Lister added 14 as #8-seed Vanderbilt defeated #9-seed Saint Joseph's University Hawks 60-54 in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament in Storrs, Connecticut. With the victory Vanderbilt advances to a second round game against #1-seed UConn on Monday night.

STORRS, CT -- The matchups between the #8-seed and the #9-seed are usually among the most competitive games of the first round of the NCAA tournament, and Saturday's game between Vanderbilt and St. Joe's was no exception.

Vanderbilt took an early 4-0 lead on a pair of free throws by Tiffany Clarke and a driving layup by Jasmine Lister. But the Hawks tied the score before the first media timeout and through the rest of the half, the two teams battled to gain the upper hand. After six lead changes and eight ties, the Dores managed to establish a 6-point lead at 33-27 at the intermission.

Coming out of the locker room, a 3-pointer by Erin Shields cut the Vanderbilt in half. But the Dores countered with a 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Lister, to take a 10-point lead at 40-30.

But nervous Vanderbilt fans who were hoping that meant that the Dores were about to pull away were soon to be disappointed. Eight straight points by St. Joe's cut the Vanderbilt lead to just two points until another 3-pointer from Lister stopped the Hawks' run.

Vanderbilt again worked the lead up to eight points at 48-40, but once again, St. Joe's made a run, and with 6:50 left in the game, a layup by Chatilla van Grinsven tied the score at 48-48, prompting Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb to call a 30-second timeout.

Coming out of the timeout, freshman post Heather Bowe scored on a drive to put Vanderbilt back on top 50-48. After the final media timeout, a jumper by Christina Foggie increased the lead to four points at 52-48. As it turned out, the Dores would be able to hold that lead for the rest of the game.

But there wasn't anything easy about it. The Hawks cut that slim lead back to just two points on three different occasions, the last one come on a layup by van Grinsven to make the score 56-54 with 1:11 left in the game. But soon after, Lister delivered the dagger, a driving layup with 40 seconds left. From there on, the Dores hit a couple of free throws and got the defensive stops to claim the 60-54 victory.

With the win, Vanderbilt advances to the second round to play the #1-seed Connecticut Huskies. UConn advanced to the second round by obliterating the Idaho Vandals 105-37 in a game. Game time is 6 p.m. CT.

Cold, cloudy, windy day in Storrs

Tiffany Clarke puts the Dores on the scoreboard.

A basket by Jasmine Lister puts Dores up 4-0.

"The Hawk will never die!"

Elan Brown scores to break 11-11 tie.

Morgan Batey

Heather Bowe

Kendall Shaw scores, Dores up 22-21.

Jasmine Jenkins scores, Dores up 27-25.

Halftime: UConn Dairy Bar Ice Cream courtside stand

Tiffany Clarke hits the jumper, Dores up 37-30.

Jasmine Lister hits the three, Dores up 40-30.

Heather Bowe scores, Dores up 45-38.

Tiffany Clarke hits the jumper, Dores up 47-40.

Tiffany Clarke hits a pair of free throws, Dores up 54-50.

Jasmine Lister hits the driving layup, Dores up 58-54.

Charlie Mattos interviews Jasmine Lister after the game.

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