No. 18 'Dores lose heartbreaker to UM, 71-69

Feb. 22, 2009

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Kayla Melson’s layup gave Mississippi the lead with 6 seconds left, and what seemed like a game-tying shot by Jence Rhoads was overturned, preserving the Rebels’ stunning 71-69 win over No. 18 Vanderbilt on Sunday.

Melson’s layup was her only basket of the game, pushing the Rebels (16-12, 5-8 Southeastern Conference) to a late two-point lead. But Rhoads, who finished with 13 points, dribbled the length of the floor and put up a two-point attempt at the top of the key as the buzzer sounded. The shot went in, seemingly forcing overtime, but video replay confirmed the ball left her hands after time had expired.

Bianca Thomas led the Rebels with 25 points.

Christina Wirth paced the Commodores (21-7, 10-3) with 20 points.

Vanderbilt led by three points at halftime, but Ole Miss outscored the Commodores 38-33 in the second to seal the win.