|Women's Basketball RESULTS
|Arkansas 78, Missouri State 44
|Ole Miss 96, Southeastern Louisiana 69
Shooting Paces Razorbacks To Win Over Missouri State
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Four Razorbacks reached double-digit scoring for the second time on the season, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (5-0) earned a 78-44 win over Missouri State (1-3) inside Bud Walton Arena on Friday.
Keira Peak scored 16 points, Kelsey Brooks poured in 15, Jessica Jackson recorded 12 and McKenzie Adams added 10 in the victory. Melissa Wolff also finished just shy of double digits with nine points, as nine different Razorbacks scored and UA shot 55 percent from the field as a team on the night.
“Once they started remembering the game plan and what we wanted to do, the shots started falling and we started making plays,” head coach Tom Collen said. “Any game you play where you get a variety of different looks, you’re going to gain experience from seeing them go through.”
The shots began going through behind an early 11-0 run that kick-started the Razorbacks. Led entirely by freshmen scoring, the offensive spurt began with Jackson stepping back and knocking down a deep three-pointer. Over the stretch, Jackson scored three points, Adams contributed four points and a rebound, and Brooks recorded four points, two assists, a steal and a block. The momentum shift pushed UA’s lead to 16-4 with 12:29 left in the first half.
Despite shooting just 28 percent from the floor, rebounding kept the Lady Bears in the game in the first half. Out-rebounding the Razorbacks 13-8, including six offensive boards and seven second-chance points, MSU went on a 9-0 run and cut UA’s lead to 18-13 with just over six minutes to play in the half.
UA responded with another big 14-2 run of its own to close the half, as MSU committed five turnovers and went the final 6:58 of the half without a field goal. Jackson totaled eight points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3PT), as the Razorbacks led 32-15 at half.
The hot shooting continued right out of the locker room for UA, as the Razorbacks shot 50 percent (6-for-12) over the first eight minutes. Peak asserted herself offensively and scored six points in seven minutes, as the UA lead swelled to 50-26 with 12:00 to play.
Entering the game averaging just over 19 turnovers a game, MSU committed 21 mistakes on the night. The Razorbacks took advantage, capitalizing and scoring 22 points off of turnovers.
UA kept the Lady Bears at bay the entirety of the second half and led by as many as 34 points before things went final.
Arkansas remains home for its third non-conference game in six days and will host Western Michigan inside Bud Walton Arena on Nov. 24. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Big Second Half Sends Ole Miss Women’s Basketball to Win over Southeastern Louisiana
OXFORD, Miss. – Holding a five-point halftime lead, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team scored 12 unanswered points to open the second half and cruised to a 96-69 win over Southeastern Louisiana at the Tad Smith Coliseum on Friday (Nov. 22). The win snaps a four-game losing streak for the Rebels and moves Ole Miss to 2-1 at the Tad Pad this season.
“The effort was there today and that’s the big thing that I’m asking them to do,” said head coach Matt Insell. We changed some things up with our lineup and I’m happy with the way that Danielle McCray came out and responded by starting. She did really well today. Great team win, we’re going to clean up some things because we’re getting there defensively. It’s a work in progress but we’re getting there and we just keep getting better every day.”
Valencia McFarland led the way for the Rebels 20 points, for her first 20-point outing this season. For the second consecutive game, Tia Faleru posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, giving her an SEC-best fourth double-double on the year. For the first time this season, Ole Miss had five players in double-figures. Joining McFarland and Faleru were Danielle McCray with 12 points, Diara Moore with 17 and Kenyotta Jenkins with 11.
Ole Miss (2-4) came out of the locker room on fire and with nine unanswered points extended its lead to 40-25 with less than a minute off the game clock which forced the visitors to call a timeout. Ole Miss never let up and extended its lead to 20-points, and wouldn’t relinquish its double- digit lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Rebels clamped down on the defensive side of the ball, forcing the Lions into ill-advised shots and 21 turnovers, with 11 of those coming in the second half. The home team had its best shooting night of the season, shooting 51.4 percent (36-of-70), while pulling down 48 rebounds to go along with a season-best 21 assists and 12 steals.
Faleru went to work in the second half. After scoring just three points in the first half, the junior exploded for 15 points in the second half and grabbed 10 boards in the second frame en route to her second consecutive double-double.
Ole Miss utilized a balanced attack with each of its 11 players scoring at least a point. The home team really dominated in the paint scoring 50 points in the paint while also scoring 27 points off Southeastern Louisiana turnovers.
Southeastern Louisiana scored the first points of the game, but from that point it was all Ole Miss. Valencia McFarland scored back-to-back fast break buckets to give Ole Miss a 4-2 lead early and that sparked an 11-2 run for the Rebels, who jumped out to an 18-9 lead at the 11:45 mark.
The Rebels utilized their post players early, forcing the visiting Lions into jump shots while capitalizing on the inside on the other end to the tune of 22 points in the first half. Ole Miss also made the most of its turnovers with 11 points off Southeastern Louisiana giveaways and eight fastbreak points.
Ole Miss scored seven points and took a 14-point lead, the largest lead of the half, 26-12 at the 8:33 mark. The Lions started to cut back into the lead and we’re able to cut the double digit lead to single digits at 27-21 with 5:32 left, utilizing several Ole Miss miscues and scoring buckets inside.
With the lead down to five points with 2:31 remaining in the half, buckets from Kenyotta Jenkins and Diara Moore gave Ole Miss a 33-25 halftime advantage. The Rebel bench was quite active in the first half, outscoring their counterparts from Southeastern Louisiana, 11-4.
In her first start, Danielle McCray excelled. The Florida native scored a season-best 12 points while grabbing four rebounds. She also dished out a pair of assists and had two blocked shots.
Ole Miss is back in action on Sunday (Nov. 24) when they take on Tennessee State. Game time is set for 2 p.m. in the Tad Smith Coliseum. Bring your ticket from the Ole Miss-Missouri football game and you can get in for FREE. It’s also Club Sports Day. For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).