By From school reports
NASHVILLE – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team entered Sunday’s game at Vanderbilt looking for its first win on the Commodores home floor since January of 1987.
But, Vanderbilt broke open the game with a 24-2 run in the first half and went on to win 71-42.
In their first meeting earlier this month, Ole Miss came back from an 18-point deficit to win 72-67.
This time, the Commodores clamped down for their best defensive effort of the season. Angela Puleo responded to her second start by hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers to finish with 20 points.
With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 9-11 overall (2-5 SEC) while Vanderbilt improved to 14-7 (5-3).
A 3-pointer from Shae Nelson tied the game at 7-7 with 15:55 left in the first half before Vanderbilt went on a 24-2 run to take a 31-9 lead with 3:35 left in the half.
Vanderbilt led 35-15 at the half.
Nelson led Ole Miss with 12 points; Melson added 11.
Ole Miss plays at Florida on Thursday at 6 p.m.