NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Carla Thomas scored 14 of her game-high
16 points in the second half to help No. 22 Vanderbilt beat
Mississippi 68-58 on Sunday.
Vanderbilt (14-7, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) gave up eight
straight points to open the game, but came back to take a 12-10
lead on Tina Wirth's basket.
Mississippi (12-8, 2-5) built another eight-point margin, taking
a 20-12 lead on an Ashley Johnson 3-pointer with seven minutes to
play in the period.
Despite a 12-1 Vanderbilt run that gave the Commodores a 24-21
lead at the three-minute mark, Mississippi went on yet another 9-2
spurt that gave the visitors a 30-26 lead at halftime.
Caroline Williams scored five points in the first 5 minutes of
the second period, keying a 12-1 Vanderbilt rally that led to a
38-31 cushion. Dee Davis scored on a foul shot and a jumper to give
Vanderbilt a 59-45 lead, the largest of the game.
Williams finished with 15 points for Vanderbilt, and Cherish
Stringfield added 11. Nicole Jules had a career-high 10 rebounds
for the Commodores.
Armintie Price and Jada Mincy had 12 points each for