Jan. 26, 2014
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Beyond the Boxscore: Not Changing the Process
OXFORD, Miss. – The Rebels were able to get as close as one point, 57-56, with under three minutes left to play, but No. 14/15 LSU made a late push and took a 66-56 win over the Ole Miss women’s basketball team on Sunday (Jan. 26) at the Tad Smith Coliseum.
Diara Moore lead the Ole Miss offense with 17 points, 13 of which she scored in the second half, and was joined in double figures by Valencia McFarland and Tia Faleru who had 12 and 10 points, respectively. Faleru also led the way on the glass with seven rebounds.
“We battled,” said head coach Matt Insell. “We were right on the cusp. LSU has a great basketball team, one of the best teams in this league. We had to rebound really well, and we did for the most part. In the end, we stopped boxing out and that hurt us. Our kids played with a lot of heart and we just came up short against a very good basketball team. It’s a process, and we are in every one of them. We put ourselves in a position to win a big game today.”
Holding a 36-33 halftime lead, Ole Miss (10-11, 1-6 SEC) extends lead to six points, 41-35 – its largest lead of the game – with a layup and a triple from Moore before LSU (16-4, 5-2 SEC) used a 8-0 run to tie the game. From that point neither team would lead by more than five points.
With the game tied at 52, LSU used a 5-0 spurt sparked with a bucket from Theresa Plaisance and a triple from DaShawn Harden to pull ahead, but the Rebels locked in on defense and were able to make some things happen.
Faleru drained a pair from the free throw line and on the next play Gracie Frizzell came up with a steak. After a LSU foul, Moore hit a pair and the LSU lead was whittled down to just one, 57-56. That was as close as the Rebels would get as the Tigers sealed the game with a 9-0 run, including going 5-of-6 from the line in the final minute of play. Ole Miss shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the floor and grabbed 29 rebounds in the loss.
Plaisance led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers threw the first punch and opened the game with a 9-2 run in the first four minutes of action, but Ole Miss was able to cut into the lead with a basket from Danielle McCray and a triple from Shequila Joseph.
LSU was able to extend its lead to 11 – the largest lead of the game – by holding the Rebels without a field goal for four minutes. Moore ended the drought with a jumper which sparked the home team as Ole Miss went on a 14-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 23-22. During the run, the Rebels saw Joseph nail a triple and McFarland complete a three-point play, to punctuate the run.
The final minutes of the first half were a battle as neither team could take more than a two possession lead. With the Rebels tailing 30-31 with 1:37 on the game clock, Ole Miss used back-to-back layups from Monique Jackson and Moore and a pair of free throws from Frizzell to take a 36-33 lead into the break.
Ole Miss will hit the road for its next contest, traveling to South Carolina to take on the No. 10/11 Gamecocks on Thursday (Jan. 30) Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (CT). Ole Miss returns home on Sunday (Feb. 2) to take on Florida in a televised contest on SEC TV. Tip is set for 1 p.m. For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).
Valencia McFarland extends her scoring streak to 108 consecutive games and her consecutive games started streak to 98 games … Ole Miss moves to 0-4 in televised games and 0-4 in games against ranked opponents … Diara Moore was in double figures for the first time since the Missouri game on Jan. 2 … Ole Miss failed to get to 70 points for the second time in the last three games, but also kept an opponent from reaching 70 for the second time in the last three games … Valencia McFarland extended her double-figure scoring streak to four straight and 10 of the last 12 ... McFarland was held to less than 20 points for the first time in the last three games … Ole Miss’ 20 second half points were the fewest for the Rebels this season.