By The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. -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.
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 and hit four three-pointers to set the school record for the most three-pointers in a season with 77, breaking her previous record she set last year with 73.
Elizabeth Robertson, who made a career-high seven 3-pointers, added a career-high 25 points. Robertson tied the school record for the most three-pointers in a single game.
Kayla Melson finished with 20 points and 10 assists to record her third double-double of the season and the third straight game she has scored 20 points.
Sophmore forward Nikki Byrd also registered a double-double as she finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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.
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’ 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.