No. 25 Vanderbilt 68, Mississippi 59

Jence Rhoads scored 19 points and No. 25 Vanderbilt beat

Mississippi 68-59 Sunday for its first win in Oxford since


The Commodores (19-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) had lost two

of their last three, including a 39-point performance against LSU

on Thursday. But Rhoads hurt the Rebels by scoring 10 of

Vanderbilt’s last 19 points as the Commodores pulled away from a

49-49 tie for the victory in a game Ole Miss (15-12, 6-8) led for

long stretches.

Vanderbilt used a 13-4 run to take a 62-53 lead with 3:12 left

and was never threatened after that. Rhoads scored six points

during the run. Merideth Marsh had 15 points for the Commodores and

Elan Brown had eight points and 10 rebounds.

Bianca Thomas led Ole Miss with 23 points. Kayla Melson added 17

points and five assists, while Kayla Holloway scored 13 points with

eight rebounds.

It was the Rebels’ fourth straight loss and seventh in eight