Ole Miss Downs Lipscomb, 72-57
|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Ole Miss 72, Lipscomb 57
|LSU 68, McNeese State 43
|Mississippi State 71, Southern Miss 57
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nikki Byrd took a charge midway through the second half that sparked Ole Miss as the Rebels posted a come-from-behind win at Lipscomb Friday night, 72-57.
With the win, Ole Miss improved to 7-3 while Lipscomb fell to 2-10.
Byrd recorded her seventh double-double in the last eight games with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ole Miss trailed by as many as 13 in the game.
Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 23 points while Danielle McCray added nine.
Lipscomb used an early 10-2 run to go ahead 14-8 with 13:20 left in the half. Ole Miss cut the lead to one, 21-20, on a jumper from Amber Singletary with 9:00 remaining in the half but the Bisons pushed their lead to 10, 34-24, with 3:14 left in the half.
Valencia McFarland score five points for Ole Miss in the final 30 second of the first half as Ole Miss trailed Lipscomb, 39-31 at the half.
McFarland led the Rebels at the break with seven points while Pa’Sonna Hope had a team-best six rebounds. Ole Miss shot just 29.3 percent from the floor (12-41) in the first half while Lipscomb shot 43.8 percent (14-32).
Ole Miss started the second half on a 9-2 run capped by a jumper from Kenyotta Jenkins to cut the lead to 41-40 with 15:47 left in the game.
A three from McFarland with 13:44 remaining tied the game at 44-44. Byrd took a charge for Ole Miss with under eight minutes to play which sparked the team and the Rebels took a 53-50 lead.
The Rebels turned up their defense and pushed their lead to 10, 62-52, with 5:27 to play.
Ole Miss will host the Magnolia Classic Monday-Wednesday. Ole Miss will host Murray State on Monday at 5 p.m. Murray State will play Cleveland State on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Ole Miss will host Cleveland State on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
LSU Tops McNeese State, 68-43
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The LSU women’s basketball team built a 20-point halftime lead with an 18-0 run and never looked back as the Lady Tigers used a balanced attack to roll to their third consecutive win, 64-43, over McNeese State before a Burton Coliseum record crowd of 4,089 on Friday night.
The victory snapped the Cowgirls (8-2) eight-game winning streak and 17-game home court winning streak dating back to last season. McNeese lost for the first time since a 67-59 defeat at UCLA in the season-opener on Nov. 11.
LSU (6-3), playing in Lake Charles for the first time since 1991, continued its recent shooting surge connecting for 59.5 percent (25-of-42) from the floor, including a blistering 63.6 percent in the first half. The Lady Tigers have produced three consecutive games of 49 percent shooting or better.
“We had really good offensive execution and we were patient,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “We also did a good job of running the basketball and getting some good looks in transition. We had a lot of players step for us. Because we shared the basketball that allowed us to get open looks at the basket. I like seeing unselfish play.”
Freshman Krystal Forthan led the way scoring 15 points – all in the first half – on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with six rebounds. Senior forward LaSondra Barrett finished with 12 points and moved into 19th place in LSU career scoring with 1,226 points. Senior forward Courtney Jones grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and added eight points.
“She (Krystal Forthan) gives us a spark off the bench and she does a great job on the boards,” said Caldwell. “When you have her, Courtney Jones and LaSondra Barrett running together that’s a great force.”
After McNeese grabbed a 2-0 lead, LSU scored 11 unanswered points culminating with five straight from Barrett, including a three-pointer from the top of the key. Barrett provided the Lady Tigers with their first double-digit advantage with another three – this one from the right wing – as LSU led 26-15 with 7:38 remaining in the first half.
Forthan then put on a show over the next three minutes off the bench. She scored seven straight points as part of an impressive 18-0 run that put LSU firmly in control. The freshman converted an old-fashioned three-point play at the 5:08 mark and added a three-pointer from the top of the key that increased the lead to 38-15 with 3:16 to go in the first.
It was the exclamation point on LSU’s most impressive half of the year. The Lady Tigers held McNeese to 21.4 percent shooting in the first half as the Cowgirls went scoreless from the floor for seven minutes.
LSU led by as many as 28 points midway through the second half when Bianca Lutley nailed a three of her own. It was one of seven threes on the night, representing the second-most made treys for the Lady Tigers in a game this season. LSU outscored McNeese 26-25 in the second half, but the game was decided in the first 20 minutes.
For the third consecutive game, LSU held an opponent to under 45 points. It’s the sixth time in nine games this season that a Lady Tiger opponent has failed to reach at least 45 points. McNeese shot a season-low 22.0 percent for the game and was outscored 35-3 by LSU’s bench.
Ashlyn Baggett led the Cowgirls with a game-high 24 points.
LSU faces its second straight Southland Conference opponent at 2 p.m. Sunday as the Lady Tigers host Lamar in the Maravich Center.
Mississippi State Rolls Past Southern Miss, 71-57
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Behind a season-high 23 points from Porsha Porter, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team rolled to a 71-57 victory over in-state rival Southern Mississippi Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
Bouncing back from a disappointing 63-62 loss at Louisiana Tech Sunday afternoon, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 8-2 overall and 7-0 at home. The Lady Bulldogs have now won four straight in the series, while coach Sharon Fanning-Otis moved to 10-5 all-time against the Lady Eagles.
“We did a good job pressuring them defensively,” Fanning-Otis said. “Porsha Porter forced a lot of turnovers for us, although it was a team effort she had a lot to do with it. As a team, finding a way to have good defense is the key.”
The Lady Bulldogs forced 25 Sothern Miss turnovers and turned those takeaways into 31 points. The Maroon and White scored the game’s first 12 points and immediately sprinted out to a 15-1 advantage. After that, the Lady Bulldogs would not lead by less than five the rest of the way.
“Fifteen to one to start the game,” Southern Miss coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. “We are not ready to start. We had six turnovers in the first few minutes of the game. We were all out of whack and could not make a change.”
The Lady Bulldogs also got good balance for the fast scoring start. Kendra Grant scored the game’s first five points, before Ashley Brown and Porter hit back-to-back baskets. Porter rammed a 3-pointer home for the 12-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles (3-6) closed within 17-12 on a layup by Jamierra Faulkner. Southern Miss took advantage of MSU’s own turnover troubles to stay afloat. However, a 3-point basket by MSU’s Darriel Gaynor and followed-up steal by Brown and layup by Johnson ran the advantage back to 24-14.
MSU shot 46.2 percent from the field in the opening half and led 36-30 at the intermission.
“We have to play the whole game like we came out,” Johnson said. “When we have teams down we have to continue to play hard and keep them down, instead of letting teams come back. We have to finish strong.”
The Lady Bulldogs did indeed finish strong with a brilliant second half. MSU opened the final half with 24-6 run as the lead suddenly grew to 60-36 with 8:41 left in the contest. Defensively, Southern Miss was held to eight field goals in the final half, including a 9 minute, 35 second stretch with only one field goal.
“We just need to get the scoring in double figures more consistently,” Fanning-Otis said. “This game, we were very close. Our guards got to the free throw line like we want them to. We have to keep our opponent off the line, but overall our percentage was better.”
The Lady Eagles closed the game with a 9-2 run to create the final margin.
For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 23 of 54 shots from the field (42.6 percent), 6 of 17 shots from 3-point range (35.3 percent) and 19 of 25 shots from the foul line (76.0 percent). The Lady Eagles hit 19 of 57 shots from the field (33.3 percent), 4 of 18 shots from 3-point range (22.2 percent) and 15 of 19 shots from the foul line (78.9 percent).
MSU held a 39-35 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had 14 assists and 22 turnovers, while the Lady Eagles had nine assists and 25 turnovers.
Porter posted her monster night on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. The senior guard also hit three 3-pointers and 6-of-8 foul shots. Porter is averaging 20.7 points per game in her last three starts.
“I was just bringing energy to the team,” Porter said. “I knew Diamber had an off night so I had to step up.”
Also in double figures for MSU were Grant with a career-high 13 points and Johnson with 11 points. Brown had a team-high 10 rebounds and a career-high six steals. Johnson added seven assists and a career-high three blocked shots.
Southern Miss received 21 points from Tanecka Carey, 13 points from Niesha Pierce and 11 points from Ance Celmina.
MSU hosts Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. Monday. The Ragin’ Cajuns are coached by former MSU assistant coach Errol Rogers.