Rebels Fall To Washington State to Close Tournament Action
Nov. 17, 2013
HONOLULU, Hawai’i – Junior Tia Faleru had a career afternoon with a career-high 29 points and 16 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell to Washington State, 79-65, in its final game at the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday (Nov. 17).
Faleru lead Ole Miss (1-4) with a career night on both ends. Her 29 points and 16 rebounds were both game highs. Faleru was the lone Rebel in double figures, although Valencia McFarland and Diara Moore each had nine points. McFarland scored all of her points during the second half.
“I was proud of our kids today,” said head coach Matt Insell. “we played a good basketball team today. Washington State is a good basketball team that’s going to win a lot of basketball games in the Pac 12; they are picked in the top half of that league. I’ll tell you our effort and if we had that kind of movement and effort, we’re going to win a lot more games than we lose if we continue with that. I was happy with our effort. I’m not happy with the outcome but I’m happy with the effort. This is a process.”
Out of halftime, Ole Miss got a stop on Washington State’s first possession and scored a basket on the other end, forcing the Cougars to call a timeout just 30 seconds into the half. Ole Miss picked things up on the offensive end, scoring buckets on their first five possessions.
The teams traded buckets for the majority of the half and Ole Miss gave the Cougars as much as they could handle in the second half. Faleru scored 13 of her career-high 29 points and the Rebels matched Washington State bucket for bucket especially down the stretch.
The Cougars pushed the lead to a game-high 18 points with 8:03 left, but Ole Miss cut the lead to single digits, 70-61, with a triple from senior McFarland, but couldn’t get stops late as the Cougars picked up the win in the final game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic for both teams.
Ole Miss held a 53-45 rebounding edge and scored 34 points in the paint. The Rebels also made the most of their second chances scoring 18 second chance points. Danielle McCray and Kenyotta Jenkins added six and four points, respectively.
Washington State jumped out to a 6-2 lead behind four points from Tia Presley, but the Rebels went to Faleru, who had each of Ole Miss’ seven points through the first four minutes of action. The squads traded buckets for the majority of the half, but the Ole Miss was able to attack up the middle and get junior Tia Faleru some open looks. Faleru led Ole Miss with 16 first-half points and seven rebounds en route to her third double-double of the year.
With the Cougars holding a 17-9 lead at the 11:50 mark of the first half, Ole Miss used buckets from Moore and McCray to cut the Washington State lead to four points. Despite cutting the lead, Washington State closed the half on an 18-11 run to take a 41-30 halftime lead. The Rebels did have the last bucket of the half, a triple from Faleru.
Valencia McFarland was named to theBank of America Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts throughout the tournament. McFarland has been named to the All-Tournament team of each in-season tournament she has every played in at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss is back in action on Nov. 22 when they welcome Southeast Louisiana. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. CT and is the first game of a doubleheader with the Ole Miss men’s team, who take on Mississippi Valley State. 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
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).
Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player - Kamilah Jackson, Hawai`i
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