Rebels Fall To Host Hawai'i in Tournament Action

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Ole Miss falls to Hawaii in tournament action.
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Nov. 16, 2013

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HONOLULU, Hawai’i – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team dropped a 79-63 contest to tournament host, Hawai’i in second-day action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Saturday (Nov. 16).

For the third time this season, senior Valencia McFarland led the Rebels in scoring with a team-high 14 points and was joined in double figures by classmate Diara Moore who added 11 points.  McFarland and freshman Shequila Joseph led the way on the glass with seven rebounds each.

“We were better in a lot of areas tonight,” said head coach Matt Insell. “Hawaii is a tough team and they’re tough to play over here. Last night they beat a good Washington State team much like they beat us. It’s all heart what they do. They played a good game tonight.”

Coming out of the locker room tied at 34, the host squad went on an 18-8 run, sparked by a triple on their first possession, to take the first double-digit lead for either team at the 13:08 mark. Ole Miss got as close as 13 points twice in the final 3:14 of action, but couldn’t get enough stops late in the loss. The Rebels shot 34.3 percent (23-of-67) from the field and grabbed 34 rebounds, but couldn’t find a way to contain Hawaii’s Kamilah Jackson who had a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, including 19 points in the second half.   

Ole Miss’ defense opened the game strong and forced Hawai’i into six early turnovers leading to 15 Rebel points in the first stanza. The squads were evenly matched on the offensive end, with neither team taking more than a three-point advantage until late in the half.

Hawai’i was able to capitalize at the charity stripe as the Rebels sent the host team to the line 13 times in the first half, where they earned 11 points while Ole Miss was able to earn quick points in transition, scoring 11 second chance points.

The Rebels made a push in the final five minutes of the first half and used a 7-0 run, sparked by a basket in transition from McFarland, to race out to a seven-point lead, 31-24,which was the largest lead of the half for either team. The home team responded and closed the half on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 34 heading into the locker room.

Ole Miss was helped by its bench in the first half.  Birthday girl, Kenyotta Jenkins, scored six points and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor to lead the Rebel subs. Hawai’i held a 27-18 rebounding edge, while the Rebels picked off Hawai’i five times.

Ole Miss concludes action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday (Nov. 17) when they take on the Pac-12’s Washington State. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. (HT)/6:30 p.m. (CT). Fans can get in-game updates by following Ole Miss women’s basketball on Twitter (@OleMissWBB) and can listen to Graham Doty on Q93.7 or 105.1

The Rebels return home on Nov. 22 when they take on Southeastern Louisiana.  Season tickets are on sale for the 2013-14 season and can be purchased for just $50. For additional 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 91 consecutive games with 14 points, she also started her 82nd consecutive game … For the first time this season Tia Faleru failed to reach double figure rebounds … Rebels used the same lineup for the second consecutive game. Amber Singletary earned her second consecutive start … Prior to today’s contest the National anthem was played as well as the Hawaiian national anthem … Senior Kenyotta Jenkins celebrated her birthday today, she is one of two players to have a birthday on a game day this season. Tianah Alvarado will celebrate her birthday on Dec. 7 when the Rebels host Mississippi Valley State.

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