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Davis, No. 20 Lady Vols hold off Ole Miss 68-67

Syndication: The Knoxville News-Sentinel

Tennessee guard Jordan Horston (25) reacts to a play during a basketball game between the Tennessee Lady Vols and the Ole Miss Rebels at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Kns Ladyvols Ole Miss Hoops Cj

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Rennia Davis scored 21 points and No. 20 Tennessee went 11 of 11 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to hold off Mississippi 68-67 on Thursday night.

The Lady Vols (11-3, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as many as 13 points in the second quarter and was down one with less than two minutes to play.

Donnetta Johnson’s jumper at the 2:03 mark had Mississippi (7-6, 1-6), which has lost five straight, on top 61-60 before the Rebels had two misses on their next possession and a turnover after that. Meanwhile Jordan Walker and Jordan Horston each hit a pair of free throws and Davis made a layup for a 66-61 lead with 16 seconds left.

Mimi Reid converted a three-point play with 6.8 seconds left for Ole Miss but Rae Burrell iced it with a pair of free throws before Johnson’s 3 at the buzzer.

Burrell scored 17 points and Horston 13 for Tennessee, which overcame 2-of-10 shooting from 3-point range by going 16 of 19 at the foul line.

Johnson led Ole Miss with 19 points. Shakira Austin added 16 and Snudda Collins 13. The Rebels were 6 of 11 from distance but only got to the foul line 10 times, making seven.

Collins hit a 3-pointer to close the first quarter for an 18-8 Mississippi lead. She hit another early in the second quarter to make it 23-10 but the Lady Vols used a 9-0 run, six from Burrell, to help get within 33-30 at the half.

The Lady Vols are home against Florida and Ole Miss goes to LSU on Sunday.