Second half run lifts Vanderbilt women to victory at Ole Miss

Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4:38pm
Staff reports

Jence Rhoads scored 15 points and had four assists as Vanderbilt rallied for a 68-59 victory over Ole Miss on Sunday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

Rhoads scored six points in an 11-0 run that put the Commodores (19-8, 8-6 in the Southeastern Conference) ahead to stay. The junior point guard tied it 53-53 on a jumper with 6:12 to play. After Lauren Lueders broke the deadlock with a 3-point shot, Rhoads made two more baskets in a span of 39 seconds.

Lueders’ 3-pointer, her second of the game, produced the 11th – and final – lead change of the contest.

Merideth Marsh added 14 points, including 11 in the first half, which ended with Vanderbilt in front 30-29. Freshman Elan Brown chipped in eight points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Junior Rebecca Silinski was 4-for-5 from the field and scored a career-high eight points.

Ole Miss (15-12, 6-8) led by as many as eight in the first half and was up 53-51 after a Bianca Thomas layup with 6:39 remaining. The Lady Rebels were held to one field goal the rest of the way.

Thomas led all scorers with 23 points.

With the victory, the Commodores swept the season series with Ole Miss and remained in the hunt to earn one of the top four spots – and a first-round bye in the conference tournament – in the SEC standings.