Ole Miss Defeats Auburn In Overtime

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Valencia McFarland
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Senior Valencia McFarland
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

March 2, 2014

Box Score Get Acrobat Reader  Press Conference   Photo Gallery

Beyond the Boxscore: Seniors Shine in Overtime Win over Auburn

OXFORD, Miss. - Behind the strength of 27 points from Valencia McFarland, the Ole Miss women's basketball team closed out the regular-season with a 73-71 overtime victory over Auburn on Sunday afternoon. The win snapped Ole Miss’ nine-game losing streak and gave the Rebels their second SEC win.

Ole Miss (11-19, 2-14 SEC) opened the overtime with four straight points from senior Diara Moore to take a 71-69 which they extended to four points, with a pair of free throws from Valencia McFarland which sealed the Senior Day victory for the Rebels.

“I’m so proud of our team and the way they battled today,” said head coach Matt Insell. “We’ve been so close the last several games and today we were able to make all the right plays down the stretch. It’s a testament to the work our players have done and it was nice to send the seniors out with a victory."

McFarland led all-scorers with 27 points for her 25th game of 20 or more points this season. She was joined in double figures by fellow seniors Moore and Kenyotta Jenkins who each had 10 points. Danielle McCray added 13 points and a team-best nine rebounds, one shy of a double-double.

The game was a chess match from the outset with both teams making several runs. Ole Miss struck first jumping out to a 12-4 lead out of the gates, behind back-to-back three-pointers from Shequila Joseph and McFarland to open the game.

Auburn (16-13, 7-9 SEC) didn’t go away and tied the game at 13 behind a 9-1 run and from that point the score see-sawed back and forth with neither team taking more than a four-point lead until late in the half. The first half featured five ties but it was the home team that took a lead into the break. With the score tied at 23 with 5:37 left, Ole Miss used buckets from McCray and Bretta Hart to extend the Rebel lead. McFarland punctuated the half with a buzzer beater from Marshall Henderson range to give Ole Miss a 36-30 halftime lead.

Auburn opened the half on a 9-2 run to take its first lead of the game at the 17:16 mark of the second half but that was the only lead for the Tigers throughout the contest. Each time the Tigers tried to get close, Ole Miss punched back with either a defensive stop or a triple.

With Auburn leading, 46-45, McFarland scored seven unanswered points to push the Ole Miss lead to six points. Ole Miss would hold a 58-50 advantage with 9:48 left but Auburn clawed back into the game with a 7-0 run and forced overtime with a layup by Megan Tucker.

Ole Miss turns its attention to the postseason, as the Rebels head to the 2014 SEC Tournament this week in Duluth, Ga. Ole Miss is the No. 14 seed and will open tournament action on Wednesday (March 5) against Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET). 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 116 consecutive games and her consecutive games started streak to 107 games … Today’s game was the final home game for Ole miss seniors, Valencia McFarland, Kenyotta Jenkins and Diara Moore … Ole Miss snapped its eight-game losing streak … Ole Miss moves to 2-1 in overtime games in 2013-14 and 2-0 in OT games played at the Tad Pad.


Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Rebels Ahead of Schedule in Year Three

      Thursday, November 20, 2014 - Football

      It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 10-16, 2014)

      Monday, November 17, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 16

      Sunday, November 16, 2014 - Athletics

      The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more

    • Getting Healthy, Staying Sharp on the Bye Week

      Friday, November 14, 2014 - Football

      No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited.  But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 11

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 11 - Presbyterian (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Nov. 3-9, 2014)

      Monday, November 10, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House - Nov. 9

      Sunday, November 9, 2014 - Football

      Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more

    • Wilkins, Dodson Shine in Blowout Win

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-PC

      Saturday, November 8, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more

    • Injuries Create Opportunities for Young Players

      Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Football

      With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, Saturday's game against Presbyterian presents an opportunity for young players and backups to gain experience and make an impression on the coaching staff. Among those injured players, head coach Hugh Freeze... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 10

      Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 10 - Auburn (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Path To Atlanta: A Little Homecookin'

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Football

      A question we keep hearing is what needs to happen in order for the Rebels to get to the SEC Championship game. It's pretty simple, just cheer for the home team. The lone exception to that notion is Ole Miss'... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014)

      Monday, November 3, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014Football- No. 4 Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Auburn on Saturday night, 35-31.- In addition to losing the game, the Rebels lost star receiver Laquon Treadwell on what looked... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Nov. 2

      Sunday, November 2, 2014 - Athletics

      In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. There's a lot on our... read more

    • Rebels Look to Move on in Face of Adversity

      Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Football

      Dragging an Auburn defender on what initially looked to be a go-ahead touchdown, Laquon Treadwell fought his way toward the end zone, but had his ankle rolled over and fumbled into the end zone. In the moments that followed, the... read more