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.
The numbers and bracket projections may not be in his favor at this point, but head women's basketball coach Matt Insell is selling the NCAA Tournament selection committee on his team passing the eye test, as Ole Miss enters its... read more
BATON ROUGE, La. -- With an opportunity to perhaps lock itself into the NCAA Tournament, or at the very least enhance its resume, Ole Miss lost back-to-back games for the first time all season, falling on the road at LSU... read more
Despite the most recent home loss to Georgia on Wednesday night, Ole Miss remains a team projected to be solidly in the field, as the Rebels put their school record four-game SEC road winning streak on the line when they... read more
Here's a collection of snow days photos from Ole Miss Athletics Photographer Josh McCoy (@OleMissPix):The Pavillion at Ole Miss in winter! #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissMBB @OleMissWBB pic.twitter.com/nHyhVPlDvG-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) February 25, 2015 Awweeee.... #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissFB pic.twitter.com/R1BDZ0shvS-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix)... read more
If recent history is any indication, Ole Miss and Georgia are likely to go down to the wire on Wednesday night. Four of the last five meetings over the last three seasons have been decided by five points or less,... read more
The defensive backs, including former Ole Miss players Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt, participated in on-field workouts at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis. Looking ahead, Ole Miss will hold its annual pro day on March 5... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Feb. 17-23, 2015 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with a 71-65 win at Mississippi State and a 59-57 victory over Tennessee. The Rebels improved to 10-4 in the... read more
Despite winter weather that affected many teams, it was a busy week for Ole Miss athletics. The men's basketball completed a 2-0 week and has positioned itself well entering the last two weeks of the regular season. The baseball, women's... read more
After missing the end of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season due to recovery from a torn labrum, sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett has been brilliant in his first two outings back in 2015, fanning 19 batters through 12.0... read more
For the second time in as many weeks, Ole Miss embarks on a Thursday-Saturday swing, returning home to host Tennessee on Saturday after a 71-65 win on Thursday at Mississippi State. During the previous week, Ole Miss was on the... read more
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The game hung in the balance. Mississippi State had just regained a 54-52 lead with 6:25 left, taking advantage of a 6-0 run. Head coach Andy Kennedy challenged his team, and junior guard Stefan Moody answered the... read more
Ole Miss and Cal will play a home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2019, the schools and ESPN announced Thursday. It marks the Rebels' first matchup with a Pac-12 school in football and will be only the program's second visit... read more