|MONDAY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
|Ole Miss 72, South Alabama 56
|Missouri 82, Belmont 70
Rebel Women’s Basketball Makes It Seven Straight with Win At South Alabama
MOBILE, Ala. – Behind 24 points and 13 rebounds from junior Tia Faleru, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team picked up its seventh consecutive victory with a 72-56 win over South Alabama on Monday (Dec. 16) night. Ole Miss’ seven consecutive wins are the most for the program since winning seven consecutive in 2008-09 while the win is also the second consecutive road win for the Rebels.
South Alabama opened the second half with a 7-2 run to cut the Ole Miss (8-4) lead to just one point, 39-38, but the Rebels responded with a three-point play from Faleru and a triple from Gracie Frizzell to extend their lead and never looked back en route to its eighth win of the year.
Faleru picked up her seventh double-double of the season with her 24 points and 13 rebounds. The double-double gives her 12 for her career. Valencia McFarland and Diara Moore were also in double figures with 14 points and 11 points, respectively.
The Rebels made things difficult for the home team on the glass, out-rebounding South Alabama (2-7) 53-39 and also scored 21 points on second chance opportunities.
South Alabama wouldn’t go away and Faleru put her team on her back. After scoring just six points at halftime, the Alabama native exploded for 18 points in the second half and went 8-of-11 from the charity stripe.
As team, Ole Miss shot 42.2 percent (27-of-64) from the floor, including shooting 46.4 percent (130-f38) in the second half, after a shooting just 38.9 percent (14-of-36) in the first half.
South Alabama’s Colby Davis led South Alabama with 17 points while Ronneka Robertson had 12 rebounds.
The first half was a back and forth battle as both teams played an up-tempo style. The home team took an early 3-0 lead with a triple from Colby Davis, but the Rebels went to their bread and butter and started going inside to Faleru, outscoring the home team 20-10 in the paint.
After back-to-back three-point plays from the Jaguars, Ole Miss put the ball in the hands of senior McFarland, who promptly scored Ole Miss’ next three buckets and gave the Rebels a 22-17 lead at the 5:20 mark. The Rebels defense was able to hold the home team without a bucket for nearly five minutes and was able to extend its lead to 26-17 helped by a huge hustle play from Kenyotta Jenkins, who forced a Jaguar turnover at midcourt leading to a layup on the other end.
A triple from South Alabama’s Colby Davis ended the home team’s scoring drought with 3:41 left to play, but the Rebels took a 32-26 lead into the halftime break. Ole Miss held a 30-19 rebounding edge and 12-5 advantage in second half points in the first frame.
Ole Miss continues its road swing with a televised contest at No. 9/9 Baylor on Wednesday (Dec. 18).
Women's Basketball Surges Past Belmont, 82-70
Columbia, Mo. - Bri Kulas found the bottom of the net time and time again Monday night, as the Missouri Women's Basketball team pulled away from Belmont for an 82-70 victory at Mizzou Arena.
Kulas tied her career-high of 27 points for the second consecutive game and added eight rebounds. The senior captain came up with several clutch baskets throughout the contest when the Tigers needed them the most. She answered Belmont's seven first half three-pointers with 14 points of her own. The game was tied 37-37 at halftime.
Kulas and freshman Jordan Frericks continued to attack the paint in the second half. Frericks collected her third double double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 15 rebounds. The duo opened the second half with back-to-back tough layups inside to push the Tigers ahead 41-39.
After the Bruins put together an 8-0 run with just under 14 minutes left to grab a two-point lead, Kulas countered with a deep three-pointer. The trey sparked an 11-2 Mizzou run that handed the Tigers a 57-50 advantage at the 10:33 mark.
The seesaw contest continued as Belmont scored eight unanswered to retain the lead, but again Mizzou relied on its post presence to regain control. Frericks muscled in another layup and Kulas converted an old-fashioned three-point play a couple possessions later to help Mizzou pull away down the stretch.
Junior Morgan Eye complemented the dominant post play with hot shooting from beyond the arc. She hit four three-pointers on the way to 16 points. Her trey with 3:36 left gave Mizzou its first double-digit lead of the game and all but sealed the deal for the Tigers.
Missouri is now 10-1 on the season and 7-0 on its home floor. The Tigers will hit the road to take on Missouri State on Thursday. The game tips off at 7:05 p.m.