OXFORD, Miss. – The Vanderbilt women’s basketball team dropped a 65-60 nail-biter to Ole Miss Thursday night at The Pavilion in Oxford, Mississippi.
Mariella Fasoula and Cierra Walker led the Commodores with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Brinae Alexander pulled down a career-best eight boards to lead all players.
The teams took turns exchanging blows down the stretch and were knotted at 59-59 for 1:25. At the 1:10 mark Alexander put away a free throw to give Vanderbilt a one-point advantage, 60-59, but the Rebels responded with six unanswered points to close the contest.
The Commodores out-rebounded Ole Miss, 39-to-31, but were held to just 39 percent from the field.
Shandricka Sessom netted 18 for the Rebels and was 4-of-9 from behind the arc.
Vanderbilt went into the half behind 32-28. But, the Commodores came out of the locker room on an 8-2 run to take a 36-34 lead.
With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 6-18 (1-10 SEC) while Ole Miss improves to 9-16 (3-8 SEC).
The Commodores will be back in action on Sunday at Memorial Gymnasium when they welcome in LSU for a 5 p.m. tip. Vanderbilt will recognize breast cancer survivors at the game and all tickets will be just $1.00.