Rebel Comeback Falls Short Against Alabama

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Danielle McCray (Nathan Latil)
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Danielle McCray (Nathan Latil)
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Feb. 9, 2012

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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. 

Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 12 points and three assists.  Amber Singletary scored 10 while Tia Faleru added nine and eight assists. 

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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