Final 3OT

Ole Miss 102

(15-8, 6-4 SEC)

(19) LSU 101

(15-7, 4-6 SEC)

    2:00 PM ET, February 7, 2010

    1 2 OT 2OT 3OT T
    MISS 37 37 8 8 12102
    #19LSU 30 44 8 8 11101

    Top Performers

    Ole Miss: B. Thomas 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    LSU: A. Hightower 31 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Holloway's shot nips LSU; Graham misses tying FT at :05

    Associated Press

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- It took three overtimes and some tremendous plays for Mississippi to finally end a 16-year drought at LSU.

    Kayla Holloway's layup with 11 seconds left in the third overtime lifted Ole Miss to a wild 102-101 win over LSU (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) on Sunday.

    The Rebels (15-8, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) won in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1994. In addition, Ole Miss won two games in a single season against the Lady Tigers for the first time since 1985.

    "Any time you go on the road and can find a way to dig one out, it is big," Ole Miss coach Renee Ladner said. "This was a game that wouldn't end. It was a slugfest to say the least. If anyone had to lose that game, it was going to be extremely hard. It would be heartbreaking for either team. On this particular day, we came up with the win."

    After the layup, Mississippi fouled Katherine Graham with five seconds left. She made the first free throw, but missed the second causing a wild scramble for the ball. It ended up in Graham's hands, but she missed a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer.

    Bianca Thomas led Ole Miss with 29 points. Elizabeth Robertson, who made a career-high seven 3-pointers, added a career-high 25 points. Kayla Melson added 20 points and 10 assists.

    Allison Hightower, who left the game with cramps early in the second overtime, led LSU (15-7, 4-6) with 31 points. LaSondra Barrett added 23. Graham finished with a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

    The only other Lady Tigers player to register a triple-double was Cornelia Gayden, who accomplished the feat twice in 1995.

    "We came back off death row twice with long shots," LSU coach Van Chancellor said. "I thought about three times we were going to win the game, but we just couldn't do it."

    Melson's 3-pointer put Ole Miss ahead 93-90 with 3:51 left in the third overtime. Nearly a minute later, LSU's Bianca Lutley tied the score at 95 with a 3-pointer.

    The Rebels' Bianca Thomas and the Lady Tigers' Taylor Turnbow exchanged baskets. A 3-pointer by Destini Hughes gave LSU a 100-97 lead. Robertson answered with a 3-pointer setting up the fantastic finish.

    Trailing 90-87 with 6 seconds left in the second overtime, Graham hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and force the third extra session.

    It was the first triple overtime game involving a ranked team since then-No. 18 New Mexico played New Mexico State in 2005 according to STATS LLC.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 101
    FG Made-Attempted 38-80 (.475) 31-81 (.383)
    3P Made-Attempted 13-32 (.406) 8-18 (.444)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-19 (.684) 31-36 (.861)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 3

    Game Leaders

    PointsB. Thomas 29A. Hightower 31
    ReboundsN. Byrd 11L. Barrett 11
    AssistsK. Melson 10K. Graham 10
    StealsB. Thomas 2J. Nelson 3
    BlocksS. Black 1J. Nelson 3

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