Ole Miss Falls To No. 13 Texas A&M

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Tia Faleru
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Tia Faleru
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 20, 2014

Quotes  Box score Get Acrobat Reader    Photo Gallery    Insell Press Conference

Beyond The Boxscore: Losing Has to Hurt

OXFORD, Miss. - Tia Faleru picked up her 14th double-double of the year with 21 points and 10 rebounds and Valencia McFarland added 12 points, but the Ole Miss women's basketball team fell to No. 13/16 Texas A&M, 73-61, on Thursday (Feb. 20) at the annual Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad game. 

The Rebels  opened the second half with a strong defensive effort and were able to force Texas A&M (21-6, 11-2 SEC) to get out of rhythm which allowed Ole Miss to go on a 9-0 cutting the 14-point half time lead to five points, 38-33, at the 15:56 mark of the second half.

The Texas A&M lead hovered at around 10 points until midway through the half, when the Aggies used an 8-3 spurt, sparked by a three-point play from Courtney Walker to take a 17 point lead, which they wouldn’t relinquish the remainder of the contest.  Ole Miss (10-17, 1-12 SEC) was able to get it to 10 in the final minutes with baskets from Faleru and Kenyotta Jenkins, but it wasn’t enough as the Rebels dropped to 0-8 against ranked opponents.

Faleru led Ole Miss on the glass with 10 rebounds for her 15th game of double-figure rebounds while McFarland was an assist shy of her seventh double-double of the year. Danielle McCray was Ole Miss’ next leading scorer with nine points and five rebounds.

“The first half was the difference in the game,” said Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell. “We played a little intimidated offensively in the first half. We got the same shots in the second half as the first, but we were intimidated by their size. They were a lot bigger than us. In the second half, we had a big run to start and played with a lot of fire. We’re preparing for a run in the SEC Tournament. We played one of the better teams in our league that’s ranked in the top 15 in the country. They made more plays than we did, but if we play the first half like the second half, it would have been a different game.”

Texas A&M got off to a quick start with a 6-2 run to open the game before a bucket from Faleru got the Rebels on the board at the 18:44 mark  Behind a three-point play from McFarland and some good moves to the basket from McCray, the Rebels were able to keep the A&M lead within two possessions until midway through the half.  With the visitors up, 22-15, they used a 16-9 run to close the half to take a 38-24 lead at the break.  

Gracie Frizzell had a great defensive first half and drew two charges which stopped some of the Texas A&M momentum. Although the Rebels played better on defense they couldn’t stop the Aggies who had two players in double figures in the first half.

The difference in the game was the first-half shooting. the Aggies shot 50.0 percent (15-of-30), while Ole Miss shot just 33.3 percent (10-of-30). The second half was a different story, as the Rebels outscored the Aggies, 37-25, in the second frame.

Ole Miss will hit the road for its next two games. The Rebels open their road swing at Mississippi State on Sunday at 2 p.m. Ole Miss will return to the Tad Pad for its final regular-season game vs. Auburn on Sunday, March 2. The Rebels will honor seniors Valencia McFarland, Kenyotta Jenkins and Diara Moore.   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 114 consecutive games and her consecutive games started streak to 104 games … Tonight’s game was the annual “Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad” game for Ole Miss. Ole Miss partnered with Baptist Hospital for the event … The third graders from Lafayette’s Upper Elementary School donated over $600 through their piggy bank collections throughout the season … Ole Miss was taking on its second consecutive and fifth ranked opponent in the last seven outings; Ole Miss is 0-8 against ranked foes … Tonight’s game was Texas A&M’s first-ever visit to the Tad Smith Coliseum and Oxford … Tia Faleru picked up her 14th double-double of the season … Gracie Frizzell made her sixth start in tonight’s contest … Tia Faleru is 85 points way from her 1,000th point.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 13-19)

      Monday, October 20, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Oct. 19

      Sunday, October 19, 2014 - Athletics

      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

    • Winning Formula for Rebels is No Secret

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      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

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Tennessee Motivational

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Tennessee Official Team Motivational from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Tennessee

      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - Football

      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

    • SEC Nation Talent Talks Ole Miss on Visit

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      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

    • What They're Saying: Midseason Honors

      Friday, October 17, 2014 - Football

      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

    • Rebels Slow Offensive Tempo

      Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Football

      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

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 7

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 7 - Texas A&M (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Freeze Talks Defense, Tennessee

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      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

    • VIDEO: Studio 18 Live 10.15.14

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • VIDEO: 'Can't Be Denied' Hype Video

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • VIDEO: Bo Wallace on The Dan Patrick Show

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      read more

    • Game-Manager Bo

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Football

      Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it.  Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 6-12)

      Monday, October 13, 2014 - Rifle

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more