OXFORD, Miss. – Despite a double-double from junior forward Tia Faleru, who lead the Rebels with 21 points and 14 rebounds, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell to Florida, 81-60 on Sunday (Feb. 2) at the Tad Smith Coliseum.
Faleru, who’s 11 double-doubles, is the most for an Ole Miss player since the 2011-12 season, recorded her seventh game of 20 or more this season and her eighth career game with her 21 points. Diara Moore was the other Rebel in double-figures with 13 points on the afternoon. Valencia McFarland had a team-best five assists.
“We didn’t do very well offensively. There were a lot of things that went wrong in today’s game,” said head coach Matt Insell. “We didn’t get out in transition. They were sending three back in transition to slow us down. Other teams have done that too and didn’t slow us down, but it worked today.”
Trailing by just two at the halftime break, Florida used a 27-9 run to open the half to take a 20-point lead and never looked back.
Ole Miss (10-13, 1-8 SEC) showed a little bit of an offensive spark with seven minutes remaining in the game. With Florida holding a 20-point lead, the Rebels used a 6-0 spurt highlighted by baskets from Moore and Faleru to cut the lead to 14 points, 68-54, but that was as close as the Ole Miss would get the remainder of the contest.
“We base everything we do off energy and effort. We didn’t have either the energy or the effort we need to be successful. That’s why the games we’ve been in, we had high energy and effort. We’ll go back to practice on Tuesday and figure out why we didn’t have that.”
Ole Miss opened the game with a 7-0 run, punctuated by a triple from Valencia McFarland which forced the visitors to call a timeout. Florida (16-6, 6-3 SEC) responded and took a one-point lead, 15-14 behind a 15-7 run.
The Rebels went cold from the floor at that point with just two field goals over a seven-minute span which gave Florida a chance to extend its lead to nine points, 29-20, before the Rebels used an 11-2 run to close the half and pull within one possession at the break.
The Gators capitalized on Ole Miss miscues and scored 20 points off Ole Miss giveaways while scoring 46 points in the paint. The Rebels also left some points at the charity stripe, going 12-of-21 for the game.
Ole Miss will stay at home for its next game, welcoming the 10th-ranked Lady Vols to the Tad Smith Coliseum on Thursday (Feb. 6) for a televised contest .The Rebels and Lady Vols will tipoff at 8 p.m. on CSS. 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 110 consecutive games and her consecutive games started streak to 100 games … Valencia McFarland was held to single digits for the first time in the last six games. McFarland has 79 career games in double figures … Tia Faleru’s double-double is her 11th this season and leads the SEC … The Rebels move to 0-1 in games played on Super Bowl Sunday in the Matt Insell era … McFarland is 18 points away from her 1,500th career point, she will become one of seven players in program history to reach the mark.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more
In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday. The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 21-27, 2015Baseball - During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama. - The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout... read more
With a distance of 287-yards, the 2015 #CFAPBGolf Coaches Division Long Drive Champion is @CoachHughFreeze! pic.twitter.com/ProCdgbbg9-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 27, 2015 Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge... read more
Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more
Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more
With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more