OXFORD, Miss. – After trailing by 16 at the half, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team used a 17-0 run in the second half to tie the game at 40-40 but Alabama hung on down the stretch to post a 52-47 win Thursday night.
With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 12-13 (2-10 SEC) while Alabama improved to 11-12 (1-10 SEC). The Rebel four freshmen combined for 27 points and 22 rebounds.
Alabama started the game on an 11-2 run until McFarland hit her second field goal of the game to cut the Crimson Tide’s lead 11-4 with 12:57 remaining in the first half.
Alabama pushed its lead to 18, 28-11, with 2:50 to play. The Crimson Tide led at the half, 31-15.
McFarland led the Rebels at the half with nine points while Tia Faleru had a team-best six rebounds.
Faleru sparked Ole Miss midway through the second half as she scored six points for the Rebels to cut Alabama’s lead to 40-30 with 10:38 to play. Ole Miss used a 17-0 run to tie the game at 40-40 with 7:07 to play.
Alabama pushed its lead up to six, 48-42, with 2:26 to play and hung on for the 52-47 win.
Ole Miss will play at Mississippi State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on SportSouth and online at ESPN3. The game will be blacked out on ESPN3 in states with an SEC school.
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