Women's Hoops Drops Close Game With No. 10 Tennessee

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Danielle McCray (Nathan Latil)
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Danielle McCray (Nathan Latil)
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Feb. 19, 2012

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OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team hung tough with No. 10 Tennessee, falling to the Lady Vols at home 66-56 Sunday afternoon in front of 2,776 fans.

With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 12-15 overall (2-12 SEC) while No. 10 Tennessee improved to 20-7 overall (12-3 SEC). 

Valencia McFarland recorded her ninth career 20-point game with 21 points while Amber Singletary added eight.  Tia Faleru finished the game with six boards.  As a team, Ole Miss tied their season high with eight threes. 

After a 9-9 tie on a three pointer from Valencia McFarland with 15:26 to play, the Lady Vols took an 18-15 lead with 8:34 remaining in the half.  Five of Ole Miss’ first six field goals were threes.

Tennessee used a 10-2 run to push ahead 28-19 with 3:15 remaining in the half.  A jumper from Amber Singletary cut the Lady Vols’ lead to 28-21 with less than two minutes to play as Tennessee led by 11 at the break, 32-21. 

McFarland led the Rebels at the half with 11 points while Singletary had five.  Danielle McCray and Faleru each had three rebounds.  Tennessee held a 24-15 advantage in rebounding .  Ole Miss shot 29.6 percent from the floor (8-27) while Tennessee shot 39.4 percent (13-33).

In the second half, Tennessee took an early 11-point lead, 32-11, before a put back from McCray cut the Lady Vols’ lead to four, 38-34, with 16:18 left to play. Tennessee pushed its lead to 11, 64-56, with just over a minute to play.

For the game, Ole Miss shot 37.3 percent from the floor (22-59) while Tennessee shot 43.6 percent (24-55). 

Ole Miss will play at No. 15 Georgia Thursday night at 6 p.m. CT.

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