Rebels Fall at No. 7/8 South Carolina

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Jan. 30, 2014

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ole Miss dropped a 99-70 road  contest at the hands of No. 7/8 South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. on Thursday (Jan. 30) night. The Rebels were led by senior Valencia McFarland who had 24 points for her fourth game of 20+ in the last five outings.

Joining McFarland in double figures was Tia Faleru with 19 and Kenyotta Jenkins who added 10 off the bench. Faleru led the way with eight rebounds.

"South Carolina has a good team and there is a reason they are ranked seventh in the country,: said head coach Matt Insell. They are big inside and they really took advantage of that and there was not a lot they could do about. They are big and athletic. We’ve played against some teams with their size, but not nearly as athletic. We fought in the second half, we dug ourselves a hole, but we came out in the second half and we fought. We’re going move past this one and get ready for Florida on Sunday. We had a lot of passion today and we’re going to come out with even more on Sunday and get that win.”

Ole Miss (10-12, 1-7 SEC) found themselves trailing by 19 in the second half, but came out and chipped away at the score. Faleru provided a spark in the second half and after scoring just one point in the first half and playing just four minutes, rebounded with 18 points in the second frame.

The Rebels played a good second half, shooting 56.0 percent (14-of-25) and were 3-of-7 from long range, all coming at the hands of senior point guard McFarland. Free throws were also important, as the visitors tallied 21 points from the charity stripe. In the second half, Ole Miss tallied 45 points, rebounding from just a 25-point first half.

The Rebels got as close as 17 points in the second frame, but that was as close as they would get against the top 10 South Carolina squad.

The home team took a 10-4 lead early in the game by utilizing a 6-0 spurt, which  forced Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell to take a timeout to stop the momentum. The Rebels responded and received some help from Kenyotta Jenkins off the bench.

Jenkins came in and scored six quick points in the paint, while battling with the Gamecocks large front line. Trailing 21-12 the Rebels utilized a 12-3 run and whittled  a once nine-point South Carolina lead all the way down one point, 25-24, but that was as close as the Rebels would get in the first half.

With the Gamecocks holding a 23-18 lead at the 9:50 mark of the half, the home team closed the half on a 21-7 run and held Ole Miss without a field goal over the final 7:36 of the half to take a 44-25 halftime lead.

Jenkins led all scorers at halftime with 10 points while Ole Miss had three players with three rebounds.  

Ole Miss heads back to the friendly-confines of the Tad Smith Coliseum on Sunday (Feb.2) when they host Florida in a matchup on SEC TV. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (CT). For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

Rebel Sidelines
Valencia McFarland extends her scoring streak to 109 consecutive games and her consecutive games started streak to 99 games … The Rebels were taking on their second consecutive nationally-ranked opponent in tonight’s contest. Ole Miss will face four ranked opponents in their next six games … Ole Miss falls to 0-5 against ranked foes  … Kenyotta Jenkins picked up her fourth game in double figures … Valencia McFarland tallied her fourth game of 20+ in the last five outings … Valencia McFarland extended her double-figure scoring streak to four straight and 11 of the last 13. She now has 79 scoring career games in double figures.

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