March 1, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell in its opening game of the SEC Tournament to Arkansas, 67-47, Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tenn.
Ole Miss, the No. 12 seed in the tournament, ended the year 12-18 overall this year while the fifth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks improved to 22-7 and will face LSU tomorrow.
Danielle McCray led Ole Miss with a career-high 14 points while Nikki Byrd added nine. McCray also led the team with six rebounds. For the game the Rebels shot 37.8 percent (17-54) while the Razorbacks shot 49.0 percent (25-51).
Ole Miss got off to a sluggish start, missing its first seven shots from the floor. Nikki Byrd’s basket with 14:12 left in the half cut Arkansas’ lead to 8-2. The Razorbacks pushed the lead to 29-9 with 6:09 remaining after a 17-4 run.
At the half, Arkansas led Ole Miss, 36-17. McCray led Ole Miss with six points and four rebounds while Byrd also had four boards. The Rebels shot 33.3 percent (8-24) from the floor in the first half while the Razorbacks shot 51.9 percent (14-27) including shooting 58.3 percent (7-12) from three-point range.
Ole Miss came out of the half and scored five unanswered points to cut Arkansas’ lead to 33-22 on a free throw from McFarland. The Razorbacks quickly pushed the lead back to 22, 44-22, with 14:07 to play.
The game marked the final game of the season for the Rebels and the final game for the team’s three seniors, Byrd, Whitney Hameth and LaTosha Laws.