No. 14 Mississippi St. women hold off Ole Miss charge, 60-56

No. 14 Mississippi St. women hold off Ole Miss charge, 60-56
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Jessika Carter scored 19 points and Myah Taylor scored the last four as No. 14 Mississippi State fended off an upset bid from in-state rival Ole Miss, 60-56.

Coming into the 100th meeting in the series, the Rebels hadn’t won a game in Starkville since 2007, nor defeated the Bulldogs in the last 14 tries.

Donnetta Johnson and Valerie Nesbitt each reached career highs in scoring, Johnson with 25 and Nesbitt 18.  A Nesbitt drive sliced what had been a 12-point Mississippi State lead down to 58-56 with a minute left.

Taylor stamped the win with two free throws with 0.4 seconds on the clock. She added 10 points, eight assists and four steals for Mississippi State.

Aliyah Matharu added 16 points off the bench.