Stephanie Holzer scored 21 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked three shots and had three assists as Vanderbilt defeated Mississippi State 65-59 in women’s basketball action Sunday at Starkville, Miss.
Holzer’s final points came on a jump shot with 3:09 to play that broke a 54-54 tie and put the Commodores (18-5, 6-4 in the SEC) ahead to stay. Jasmine Lister followed with a 3-pointer and then assisted on Elan Brown’s jumper, and Vanderbilt matched its biggest second-half lead (seven points) with one minute remaining.
Mississippi State (13-10, 3-7) came back from a 52-45 deficit with a 9-2 run capped by four straight points from Catina Bett. Earlier, an 11-4 run tied it 40-40 with 11:59 remaining.
In all, the score was tied five times — three in the second half — but the Lady Bulldogs’ only lead was at 2-0.
Holzer, a sophomore post player was nine-for-11 from the field and made all three of her free throw attempts. Her three offensive rebounds also were a team-high.
Vanderbilt outrebounded Mississippi State 42-27 and recorded 21 assists on its 27 field goals. Christina Foggie finished with 17 points and Lister, who played all 40 minutes, had nine assists and three steals to go with eight points.
Diamber Johnson led Mississippi State with 17 points, and Bett added 16.
Vanderbilt, which has won four straight, hosts Tennessee on Thursday (8 p.m., Comcast Sports Southeast).