|SUNDAY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
|Georgia 53, Ohio State 49
|Kentucky 96, Central Michigan 74
|South Carolina 88, Seton Hall 67
|Florida 83, Kennesaw State 62
|Mississippi State 111, New Orleans 38
|Texas A&M 63, Houston 51
|Tennessee 87, Georgia Tech 76
|Duke 92, Alabama 57
|Marquette 82, Vanderbilt 77
|Washington State 79, Ole Miss 65
Lady Bulldogs Surge Past Ohio State 53-49
ATHENS, Ga. -- Junior Krista Donald grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 10 points, en route to leading No. 24 Georgia to a 53-49 win over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs stay perfect at 3-0 on the season while the Buckeyes suffer their first loss to fall to 3-1.
Junior Erika Ford and senior Khaalidah Miller also scored in double figures for the Lady Bulldogs, with 13 points and 12 points, respectively. Starters Shacobia Barbee and Merritt Hempe chipped in with eight points apiece, while Barbee also added five of Georgia's 10 total assists on the day.
"Ohio State is a talented team and a well-coached team," said Georgia head coach Andy Landers. "It's not just about talent - they have the right pieces in the right places. They have size inside that is very capable. They have excellent play at the point, and they have excellent shooters around the perimeter. They're a tough proposition. It really was a great win...a gutty win."
Donald's 16 rebounds and 32 minutes played marked career-high totals over her previous best marks of 13 rebounds and 31 minutes played, both of which came back on Dec. 22, 2011, against Appalachian State.
The first 20 minutes proved to be a half or runs, as Ohio State opened the game with seven straight points before Georgia answered by reeling off 12-2 run over the next five minutes of play. Donald sparked the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key, while Hempe contributed four points during the spurt.
The Buckeyes then knocked down three treys in a row, including back-to-back three-pointers from Ameryst Alston to take an 18-12 lead midway through the half. The Lady Bulldogs responded with five straight points of their own to close within one, and the two teams would trade baskets fairly evenly until the break, as Ohio State went to the locker room leading 33-29.
Much like the first half, the second 20 minutes of play opened with a run, but this time working in the Lady Bulldogs' favor. Georgia scored 11 straight points to start the half, getting four points from Donald and three from Miller during the stretch.
The Georgia defense held Ohio State without a point in the second half until the 13:29 mark when Darryce Moore knocked down a pair of free throws to trim Georgia's lead to 40-35. The Buckeyes closed to within two at 43-41 midway through the half, but Ford scored five of the game's next seven points to help the Lady Bulldogs maintain the lead.
Ohio State closed back to within three off a pair of free throws from Alston, and neither team scored for two minutes before Hempe set a textbook screen at the top left of the key to free up Miller for a three-pointer that gave Georgia the six-point lead with just over two minutes remaining.
The Buckeyes would respond with a rebound and putback by Raven Ferguson, but Donald answered by knocking down a jumper in the lane off an assist from Barbee on Georgia's next possession to seal the 53-49 victory for the Lady Bulldogs.
Georgia held Ohio State to just 28 percent shooting from the floor while scoring nine points off of 14 Buckeye turnovers.
Georgia will play its fourth game in a six-game homestand on Tuesday evening when Furman travels to Stegeman Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Stallworth, Thompson Lead No. 7 UK Hoops to 96-74 Victory
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senior DeNesha Stallworth scored 21 points and Samarie Walker posted 10 points and 8 rebounds to lead No. 7 Kentucky past Central Michigan on Sunday afternoon, 96-74.
Janee Thompson also recorded a career-high 17 points for the Wildcats. UK improved to 4-0 on the season, giving the Wildcats their first 4-0 start since 2011-12 and fourth time in the Matthew Mitchell era.
Kentucky dished out 21 assists, marking the third straight game UK has finished with 20 or more assists. The Wildcats have now won 14 straight regular season non-conference games.
Crystal Bradford led the Chippewas with 23 points before fouling out.
Up next, UK wraps up its three-game homestand at Memorial Coliseum vs. Lipscomb on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. ET.
Gamecocks Sink Pirates 88-67
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 21/17 South Carolina defeated Seton Hall 88-67 Sunday afternoon at Colonial Life Arena behind five Gamecocks scoring in double figures. A sluggish first half for both squads turned into a hot-shooting night for South Carolina (4-0), which shot a scorching 73.9 percent in the second half to pull away from the Pirates (3-1).
In Seton Hall’s first road game of the season, the Pirates found themselves in early foul trouble, with six team fouls in the first four minutes as the Gamecocks aggressively penetrated the paint. Even with the Pirates’ excessive foul trouble, both teams struggled to forge any sustained lead, finding themselves neck-and-neck for most of the first half.
A classic hustle play from junior forward Aleighsa Welch began to tip the momentum to the Gamecocks with 8:38 left in the half. The athletic forward swiped a steal and punctuated it with a clear layup as she won the race down the floor, giving South Carolina a 25-21 edge.
The Pirates answered with a 3-pointer from redshirt junior guard Ka-Deidre Simmons, but South Carolina sophomore guard Tiffany Mitchell immediately hit a pull-up jumper at the other end to push the Gamecock lead back to 27-24. Welch sparked the next breakaway with a defensive rebound that she sent the length of the floor to Tina Roy, who dropped it off to Khadijah Sessions for a back door layup to give the Gamecocks a six-point lead, their largest to that point, with 6:28 left in the first half.
The Pirates continued to put pressure on the Gamecocks, bringing the game within a point once again at 38-37, with 2:04 left in the period as sophomore guard Jasmine McCall hit a jumper. Shortly after, Seton Hall took a one-point lead, though it would be its last of the afternoon, with a layup from sophomore forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith.
The Gamecocks took a 41-39 lead into the locker room with a pair of dramatic plays. Sophomore guard/forward Asia Dozier drained her first 3-pointer of the game, thrusting the Gamecocks to a two-point lead with 42 seconds left. On the other end, Simmons pulled up for the jumper, but Welch was there to record her second block of the game at the buzzer.
The Gamecocks exploded out of the locker room, scoring eight of the half’s first 10 points. A Dozier steal and 3-pointer opened the period, and South Carolina shook off consecutive turnovers with solid defense, sparking a 5-0 spurt that eventually grew to 13-2. With junior center Elem Ibiam and Welch altering shots on the defensive end, the Gamecock offense scored in myriad ways – Ibiam hit from the left block after Mitchell’s drive and dish opened up space, Sessions hit a pull-up jumper in transition, and Welch added a free throw for a 49-41 advantage three minutes into the half.
After McCall hit a jumper from the right elbow to narrow the gap to six at 49-43, Mitchell hit back-to-back 3-pointers, assisted by Welch both times, to stretch the Gamecock lead to double digits at 55-43 with 14:44 to play.
Just as South Carolina began to get comfortable in its lead, which had grown to 15 by the 12:48 mark, Seton Hall answered with a seven-point run, that made it a 61-53 Gamecock lead less than two minutes later. Sessions stopped the spurt with a clutch 3 in front of the Gamecock bench, and was fouled in the process, further inciting her teammates.
The Gamecocks doubled their lead to 83-63 over the next eight minutes, largely due to their collective defensive rebounding effort and Ibiam’s stretch of seven points on four-straight Gamecock possessions.
South Carolina shot 57.8 percent from the field for the game, including a stellar 73.9 percent in the second half, which featured just six missed shots. The Gamecocks turned eight Pirate turnovers into 11 points while dishing out 19 assists on 26 made baskets. South Carolina capitalized on points in the paint, scoring 34, and had 20 points off of fast break opportunities.
Five Gamecocks posted double digits in the contest. Ibiam led the way scoring a season-high 18. The center has recorded at least three blocks in every game of the season after swatting three shots against the Pirates. Sessions contributed 17 points and five assists on the night. Welch and Mitchell added 15 points apiece, and Coates posted 10. Welch, Ibiam and Coates each pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, and Coates recorded four blocks as well.
Richardson-Smith and Simmons combined for a 43 of Seton Hall’s 67 points on the night. Richardson-Smith poured in a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds with Simmons scoring 19.
The Gamecocks are set to play their first road contest of the season at in-state rival Clemson at Littlejohn Coliseum on Wed., Nov. 20, at 7 p.m.
Kayla Lewis Nets 21 Points in Birthday Win at Kennesaw State, 83-62
KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) couldn't have asked for a better birthday, as she scored a game-high 21 points and Florida defeated Kennesaw State, 83-62, at the KSU Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon.
Lewis was playing in front of a large gathering of family and friends, who made the 25-mile trip from her hometown of Decatur. Several members of the Atlanta Gator Club also were in attendance, cheering Florida onto its first road win of the year.
After the Owls trimmed UF's lead to six points, 28-22, late in the first half, Jaterra Bonds, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, knocked down a three-pointer and sparked a 17-6 run over a 5:26 span that gave the Gators a 45-28 lead with 41 seconds remaining in the half.
KSU scored the final for points of the period, as Florida held the 45-32 halftime advantage after hitting an impressive 59.4 percent (19-32) from the field.
Lewis netted the first four points of the second half and Bonds added a bucket that forced KSU into an early timeout. The Owls responded with the game's next six points, but Bonds halted the spree with a three-point play and added other bucket as Florida regained the 18-point cushion and never looked back.
Freshman Ronni Williams contributed 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting, as Florida converted 56.9 percent of its shots during the game. Sophomore January Miller tallied 13 points, while Antoinette Bannister added seven points and Cassie Peoples six with a game-high 8 assists and four steals.
Kennesaw State held the distinct 41-29 rebounding advantage that included 19 offensive boards, paced by Kristina Wells' 11 to accompany her 16 points.
Grant Ties Career High As Bulldogs Down New Orleans 111-38
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- –Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer has been encouraging junior grant Kendra Grant to get off to a fast start in games. Grant did just that Sunday afternoon.
Grant tied a career high with 23 points to spark a high-powered Bulldog offensive attack that knocked off New Orleans 111-38 in the Humphrey Coliseum.
State’s total tied the 1976-77 squad for the third-most points in a game, and it was the highest point total since the 1993 squad scored 115 points in a Nov. 30 win against Belhaven.
The 73-point margin of victory ranks second only to the 1986 squad’s school-record 82-point differential in a 117-35 victory against Judson College.
The dominant performance moved the Bulldogs to 3-0 on the season.
“We are still teaching and coaching the little things,” Schaefer said. “Our kids were ready to play. Kendra was outstanding. She was knocking everything down. That can be her on a regular basis. She got us off to a great start.
“When she started making shots, it carried over to the rest of the team.”
MSU shot 54.1 percent from the floor and held a plus-15 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs grabbed 30 steals and forced a school-record 45 turnovers.
After getting hot in the second half in the first two contests, Grant was on fire out of the gate, notching 14 first-half points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor. Grant hit early back-to-back 3-point baskets as the Bulldogs sprinted to a 25-2 advantage less than seven minutes into the contest.
“Her early play really got everybody going on offense,” Schaefer said. “She opened the game by making everything that really gave everybody some confidence. She had been playing really well in the second half of games this year. I told her in the pre-game, we wanted to see that for both halves.”
Grant was ready to honor her coach’s request.
“I took coach’s advice to heart,” Grant said. “I really wanted to go out there and show that I can play well for two halves. It felt like the basket was wide open today. I wanted to show that I make those kinds of plays in the first half, too. So far this year I had been a second-half player.”
The Bulldogs were never in any danger after the strong opening push. MSU converted 22-of-38 shots from the field for 57.9 percent shooting from the field and led 61-23 at halftime.
“We got out of the press and forced just as many turnovers,” Schaefer said. “I was pleased with the energy and the effort. Thirty steals and 45 turnovers mean that you are playing hard. There are still some things that we aren’t doing well.
“We gave up too many open looks. We are really good at out-of-bounds plays, but sometimes we don’t find the open person on some of those.”
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 40 of 74 shots from the field (54.1 percent), 5 of 11 shots from 3-point range (45.5 percent) and 26 of 31 shots from the foul line (83.9 percent). The Privateers hit 16 of 43 shots from the field (37.2 percent), 3 of 9 shots from 3-point range (33.3 percent) and 3 of 6 shots from the foul line (50.0 percent).
MSU held a 40-25 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 28 assists and 13 turnovers, while the Privateers had nine assists and 45 turnovers.
The Bulldogs placed seven players in double figures. Grant was followed by Martha Awal (17 points), Dominique Dillingham (15 points), Breanna Richardson (14 points), Sherise Williams (11 points), Katia May (10 points) and Savannah Carter (10 points).
Carter posted her first double-double in the Maroon and White, as she also had a team-high 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. The Tulsa, Okla., native added five steals and seven assists. May had her first career double-double as well, tying her career-high 11 assists she set in the season opener at Houston and also adding four steals. Dillingham added six steals.
UNO (0-3) received 10 points from Ariele Davis.
MSU continues the early four-game homestand Thursday, hosting Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. Bully’s Kidz Kourt and the doors open an hour prior to tip.
#4/3 UT Boards Up Georgia Tech, 87-76
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee is off to a 4-0 start after topping Georgia Tech, 87-76, on Sunday night. The #4/3 Lady Vols pounded the glass to the tune of 65 total rebounds including 33 offensive boards. Bashaara Graves had the best game of her career with highs of 23 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. It was Graves' 13th career double-double.
Isabelle Harrison had 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for her seventh career double-double. It marked the second game that both Graves and Harrison each had double-doubles.
Freshman Mercedes Russell had 14 points in only 23 minutes. Meighan Simmons scored 13 for UT.
The Yellow Jackets (2-1) were led by freshman Kaela Davis -- the twin of Vols' freshman forward A.J. Davis -- who had 28 points on her brother's home court. Aaliyah Whiteside had 16 for Tech.
After Georgia Tech crept within five points, the Lady Vols ripped off a 12-0 run to firmly regain control of the win. Massengale canned back-to-back jumpers followed by a bevy of free throws to put Tennessee ahead 82-65 with just under three minutes remaining.
Georgia Tech made a run which brought the Yellow Jackets within five points at 70-65 on a jumper by Sydney Wallace with 6:48 left in the game. Earlier in the half, Tech cut its deficit to four points, 64-60 with 10:30 left in the game.
Tennessee corralled 65 rebounds, the most in a game since also grabbing 65 vs. Marquette on Nov. 23, 1996. The 33 offensive rebounds were the most since the Lady Vols had 34 vs. Arkansas on Jan. 10, 2000. Graves' 14 offensive boards are the most since at least 2000.
Graves had a double-double in the first half alone with 14 points and 11 rebounds as Tennessee jumped out to a 44-35 lead on the Yellow Jackets. Harrison also had 10 rebounds to go along with seven points.
Tennessee led by as many as 18 late in the first half at 41-23.
The Lady Vols dominated the glass, out rebounding Tech, 33-18 including 20 offensive rebounds in the first half.
Tennessee is now 6-0 all-time versus Georgia Tech including Holly Warlick's first-career win as a head coach last season, 71-54 in Atlanta.
The Lady Vols will have a week off before returning to action on Sunday, Nov. 24 as Oakland comes to Knoxville for the first time ever. The Lady Vols and Golden Grizzlies tip-off at 2 p.m., in a game that can be viewed on UTSports.com and heard on the Lady Vol Network.
No. 16 Aggies Win Third Straight, Defeat Houston 63-51
HOUSTON -- No. 16 Texas A&M won its third straight game to open the season as they defeated Houston 63-51 on Sunday at Hofheinz Pavilion. Achiri Ade posted her first career double-double.
Courtney Walker had a season-high 19 points, which led the team. The Preseason First Team All-SEC pick keyed big runs in both halves that saw the Aggies increase their lead.
“Achiri Ade kept us in the game in the first half, and Courtney Walker was solid the whole ballgame,” said Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair. “When that jumper is going she can remind you of Takia Starks who played for us. We can run a lot of stuff for her.”
“We’re going to take the win,” said Blair. “When they got the lead down to three and had the ball it was getting really tight, but we got a couple of defensive stops at the end”
The Cougars (0-3) took advantage of some good shooting early, jumping out to a 9-5 lead five minutes into the game. Facing their first deficit of the year, the Aggies then reeled off a 16-1 run, which included eight points from Walker, giving the Aggies a 21-10 lead with eight minutes to go in the first half. Houston clawed back into contention, with a Jessika Palmer 3-pointer at the first half buzzer bringing the Cougars to within four, 27-23.
Texas A&M (3-0) went on a 6-0 run in the first 97 seconds of the second half, extending their lead to 10. Houston cut the lead to three points with 9:44 remaining, but the Aggies pulled away after that point, with an 11-2 run over the next five minutes to build a 12-point lead that would not be in jeopardy the rest of the contest.
The win moves Texas A&M to 3-0 for the seventh time in eight season. The Aggies have also won 26 of its last 28 games against unranked opponents.
Ade picked up her first senior college double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, both of which were career-highs.
Courtney Williams co-led the team in rebounds with 11, playing in front of her hometown fans. Another area product, Curtyce Knox, had six points off the bench in 11 minutes of action.
Jordan Jones had six assists, dishing out five or more assists for the third straight game.
Karla Gilbert posted two blocks, which gives her 90 for her career, and moves her into a with Lisa Jordon for seventh-most in a career all-time at Texas A&M.
Texas A&M outscored Houston 21-8 in points off turnovers, and had a 32-22 advantage over Houston in the paint.
Texas A&M returns to action on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, in the U.S. Virgin Islands to tip off the Paradise Jam Classic. The Aggies face Memphis, Texas and Syracuse while on the island. The Aggies come back to Reed Arena on Dec. 3 to face San Diego State.
Crimson Tide Falls at No. 2/2 Duke, 92-57
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Alabama women’s basketball team dropped a 92-57 decision on Sunday afternoon to No. 2/2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the loss, the Crimson Tide dips to 0-3 on the season, while the win brings the Blue Devils to 3-0.
Four Alabama players finished in double figures, led by Shafontaye Myers and Khadijah Carter, who each had 13. Karyla Middlebrook finished with 11 points and Daisha Simmons added another 10 for the Tide. Middlebrook, who went 9-for-9 from the free throw line, also added a team-high three assists, while Simmons finished with a team-best five rebounds. Duke was led offensively by Tricia Liston, who had 20 points. Haley Peters recorded the game’s lone double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Duke opened up with a 5-0 run in under a minute and would hold onto the lead throughout the contest. The Blue Devils gradually distanced themselves from the Tide, leading by as many as 23 in the first half. Alabama cut it to 17 with 5:54 to go in the first half, but Duke would go on a 10-4 run to head into halftime with a 47-24 advantage.
The Blue Devils continued to outscore the Tide in the second half, pulling ahead by 36 down the stretch.
For the game, Duke shot 52.3 percent (34-65), while Alabama went 40.0 percent (20-50) from the floor. The Blue Devils outrebounded the Tide 47-27, including 18-9 on the offensive glass. Alabama forced 21 Duke turnovers.
Next up, the Tide will play its first home game of the season on Thursday, Nov. 21, when it hosts Wisconsin in Foster Auditorium at 7 p.m. CT.
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`Dores suffer first loss despite big night from Foggie
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After opening the season with three straight wins, things got all fouled up for the Vanderbilt women's basketball team on Sunday.
Facing Marquette in front of a lively crowd at Memorial Gym, the RV/No. 25 Commodores built a 14-point lead in the first half but then ran into major foul trouble in the final 20 minutes and suffered their first loss of the season, 82-77. Marquette closed the game on an 11-4 run to secure the win.
The contest saw the teams combine for a staggering 63 fouls and 74 free throws. Marqu'es Webb, Kylee Smith and Morgan Batey all fouled out for Vanderbilt.
Christina Foggie had another huge game for Vanderbilt, scoring 30 points (four shy of matching her career high) while going 16-of-18 at the foul line. She was joined in double figures by three of her teammates: Jasmine Lister with 13 points, Rebekah Dahlman with 12 and Jasmine Jenkins 10.
But the balanced scoring wasn't enough to offset a second-half comeback by the feisty Golden Eagles, who proved to be the more aggressive team in the second half -- as evidenced by the stat sheet.
Vanderbilt, which owned a 47-36 lead at the half, shot 26 free throws in the first 20 minutes, compared to Marquette's 10. But the second half featured 24 free throws by the Golden Eagles, while Vanderbilt shot 14. Marquette's intensity was also reflected in the rebounding stats, as they won the battle on the glass, 25-13, in the final 20 minutes (and 37-31 for the game).
"The first four minutes of the second half really changed the game," said Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb. "They came out more aggressive after halftime and we didn't. We have to figure out why. ... I really thought we had built confidence and we were going to continue to be the aggressor and we weren't." Katherine Plouffe scored a team-high 16 points for the Golden Eagles (3-0) and was one of five Marquette players in double figures.
The loss dropped the Commodores to 3-1 as they head into their first road test of the season, a visit to No. 2/2 Duke on Thursday night.
"It's just going to be a really big test for us," said sophomore post player Heather Bowe. "Duke is obviously a great team, so we've got to go out and be tough and aggressive against them."
Foggie fell just shy of a record-setting day Sunday. She was one short of the Vanderbilt all-time record for free throws attempted (set by Ashley McElhiney with 19 in Feb., 2001) and two shy for free throws made in a game (18 by McElhiney).
Foggie, coming off her first career double-double (16 points and 10 rebounds) in Thursday's win over Delaware State, said the Commodores need to do a better job of maintaining their intensity for 40 minutes.
"We need to play both halves and put in good basketball in both halves," she said. "I think in the second half Marquette was ... outworking us, and that's something we need to learn. We need to play both halves."
After Vanderbilt carried its 47-36 lead into the locker room, Marquette opened the second half with an 11-2 run to pull within 49-47 with 15:17 left to play.
Bowe stopped the surge by converting a layup on an in-bounds play, and Jasmine Jenkins followed with two free throws. Foggie then capped Vanderbilt's 6-0 mini-run with a basket in transition, enabling the Commodores to rebuild a 55-47 lead.
Marquette refused to go away, however, storming back to take a 69-67 lead with 4:45 to play, and then making enough big plays -- and enough free throws -- to notch the victory.
Vanderbilt used the combination of Foggie and free throws to build its 47-36 lead at the half.
Foggie exploded for 19 points in the opening 20 minutes, going 4-of-6 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, and made 9-of-10 free throws. As a team, Vanderbilt went 24-of-26 from the foul line -- 92 percent.
Dahlman also had a big first half for Vanderbilt, scoring 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting. She was 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
The teams essentially traded baskets for the first eight minutes, with five lead changes and three ties in that span. Overall, the game featured eight ties and 10 lead changes. Foggie scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, before the 12-minute mark of the first half to set the tone for her big day.
Rebels Fall To Washington State to Close Tournament Action
HONOLULU, Hawai’i – Junior Tia Faleru had a career afternoon with a career-high 29 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell to Washington State, 79-65, in its final game at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday (Nov. 17).
Faleru lead Ole Miss (1-4) with a career night on both ends. Her 29 points and 16 rebounds were both game highs. Faleru was the lone Rebel in double figures, although Valencia McFarland and Diara Moore each had nine points. McFarland scored all of her points during the second half.
“I was proud of our kids today,” said head coach Matt Insell. “we played a good basketball team today. Washington State is a good basketball team that’s going to win a lot of basketball games in the Pac 12; they are picked in the top half of that league. I’ll tell you our effort and if we had that kind of movement and effort, we’re going to win a lot more games than we lose if we continue with that. I was happy with our effort. I’m not happy with the outcome but I’m happy with the effort. This is a process.”
Out of halftime, Ole Miss got a stop on Washington State’s first possession and scored a basket on the other end, forcing the Cougars to call a timeout just 30 seconds into the half. Ole Miss picked things up on the offensive end, scoring buckets on their first five possessions.
The teams traded buckets for the majority of the half and Ole Miss gave the Cougars as much as they could handle in the second half. Faleru scored 13 of her career-high 29 points and the Rebels matched Washington State bucket for bucket especially down the stretch.
The Cougars pushed the lead to a game-high 18 points with 8:03 left, but Ole Miss cut the lead to single digits, 70-61, with a triple from senior McFarland, but couldn’t get stops late as the Cougars picked up the win in the final game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic for both teams.
Ole Miss held a 53-45 rebounding edge and scored 34 points in the paint. The Rebels also made the most of their second chances scoring 18 second chance points. Danielle McCray and Kenyotta Jenkins added six and four points, respectively.
Washington State jumped out to a 6-2 lead behind four points from Tia Presley, but the Rebels went to Faleru, who had each of Ole Miss’ seven points through the first four minutes of action. The squads traded buckets for the majority of the half, but the Ole Miss was able to attack up the middle and get junior Tia Faleru some open looks. Faleru led Ole Miss with 16 first-half points and seven rebounds en route to her third double-double of the year.
With the Cougars holding a 17-9 lead at the 11:50 mark of the first half, Ole Miss used buckets from Moore and McCray to cut the Washington State lead to four points. Despite cutting the lead, Washington State closed the half on an 18-11 run to take a 41-30 halftime lead. The Rebels did have the last bucket of the half, a triple from Faleru.
Ole Miss is back in action on Nov. 22 when they welcome Southeast Louisiana. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CT and is the first game of a doubleheader with the Ole Miss men’s team, who take on Mississippi Valley State. Fans can get in-game updates by following Ole Miss women’s basketball on Twitter (@OleMissWBB) and can listen to Graham Doty on Q93.7 or 105.1
Season tickets are on sale for the 2013-14 season and can be purchased for just $50. For additional ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).