OXFORD, Miss. - Valencia McFarland's 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and an impressive second half led Ole Miss to a 65-51 come-from-behind victory over Mississippi State Thursday night.
With the win Ole Miss improved to 9-15 overall (2-9 SEC) while Mississippi State fell to 11-13 overall (3-8 SEC). Ole Miss snapped a six-game losing streak to State.
Ole Miss trailed by as many as 12 in the first half before taking its first lead of the game with 13:36 and never looking back. The Rebels outscored the Lady Bulldogs 38-16 in the second half and used a 20-3 run to start the second half and break the game open.
"I thought tonight's game was a tale of two halves. Mississippi State came in and absolutely dominated us in the first half and were physical and dictated the way the game was being played," said Ole Miss head coach Brett Frank. "At halftime our kids took some ownership and took a step in the right direction in determining we wanted to play the game in our style and I felt that was the big difference in the game."
In addition to McFarland's performance, Tia Faleru recorded her fourth career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Kenyotta Jenkins added 10 points and eight rebounds.
For the game, Ole Miss shot 37.7 percent from the floor (23-61) including 43.8 percent (14-32) in the second half.
The Lady Bulldogs started the game on a 10-2 run and pushed its lead to 10 with 8:56 left in the half. Jenkins scored six straight points for Ole Miss within the last three minutes of the game to cut the lead to six, 31-25, with 2:22 left in the half.
Mississippi State led at the half, 35-27. Jenkins led Ole Miss with eight points in the first half while Diara Moore added six. The Rebels shot 31.0 percent (9-29) from the floor while the Lady Bulldogs shot 48.3 percent (14-29).
The Rebels started the second half on a 20-3 run to take the lead 47-40 with 11:49 to play. The Rebels stretched their lead to 12, 54-42, on a layup from Tia Faleru with 6:04 left to play.
Ole Miss will host No. 14 South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Ahead of a rivalry renewed on a national stage, complete with a visit of ESPN's "College GameDay" and the mystique of a Saturday night game in Death Valley, here's link roundup of videos and stories from local and national media... read more
Extra Emphasis on Special Teams Play Through the years, special teams play has provided a winning edge in the Ole Miss-LSU rivalry, and and you don't have to go all the way back to Billy Cannon's 1959 Halloween run. In... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and LSU head coach Les Miles on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge.For the full SEC teleconference, go here.Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at 1:06:12... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 13-19, 2014Football- Ole Miss rode its dominant defense to a 34-3 homecoming win over Tennessee on Saturday to improve to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play.- The Rebels are 7-0 for just... read more
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more
The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more
Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more
At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more
With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more