Thomas, averaging 22.7, scored 23 with 9-for-18 efficiency from the floor.
But Ole Miss’ Becky Myatt hit two 3-pointers as the Lady Rebels dashed out from a 40-40 tie 51-
Freshman Tywanna Inmon led the Lady Rebels with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
It was the first Ole Miss (14-6, 2-5) win in the last six games in the series, one it once led 50-1. The Lady Rebels had not beaten State since 1998 and had not won in Starkville since 1997. State finished 1-11 in the league in 1997, and 2001 appears to be an unwelcome blast from the past. The Lady Bulldogs (10-10, 1-8 SEC) dropped their sixth straight, and No. 5 Georgia visits Sunday.
“I felt like we played hard in the first half and matched their effort,” Ole Miss coach Ron Aldy said. “In the second half, we played hard and not only matched their effort, we surpassed their effort. In the second half, it seemed like we wore them down a bit.”
Myatt’s 3-pointer at the 12:43 mark made it 51-40. The Lady Bulldogs got as close as 58-53 on a Meadow Overstreet 3-pointer with 6:16 left, but 60 seconds later Von Kirk answered with three of her own and the rout was on.
“During that run we had the momentum, but we knew the game was by no means over,” Myatt said.
State didn’t score in the final 2:43, and Ole Miss hit nine of 10 free throws over the final 1:30.
Myatt added 13 for the Lady Rebels, who had four starters in double figures.
Fambrough added 15 points for State. After Thomas and Fambrough, eight other MSU players combined for 19 points.
State shot 38.6 percent from the floor and got to the free throw line just seven times. Ole Miss attempted 22 free throws, making 15, and forced 21 turnovers.
Inmon’s double double was her third of the season, and Ole Miss outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 37-31. State hasn’t won since beating Ole Miss 60-55 in Oxford Jan. 11.
“We played the game we have been playing, and they played their game,” Thomas said.
The Lady Rebels were also 9-for-20 from 3-point range, including three by Myatt. Ole Miss hit six 3-pointers in the second half. Aldy said it was the first time in eight games his team has “put it together” inside and out.
“We know they take about 25 3-pointers a game, and we know who takes them,” MSU coach Sharon Fanning said. “But we’re not competing for as long as we have to compete. There’s a breaking point with us.”