Arizona Tops Ole Miss, 72-70

Kayla Melson

Nov. 18, 2010

Final Stats

OXFORD, Miss. – Despite three players scoring in double figures the Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell to Arizona, 72-70, Thursday night.

With the loss Ole Miss fell to 2-1 on the year while Arizona improved to 3-0.  Valencia McFarland scored a career-high 20 points while Kayla Melson added 19 and LaTosha Laws scored 14.

Arizona jumped out to a six-point lead, 14-8, before Ole Miss' Shae Nelson hit a three to cut the Wildcats' lead in half, 14-11. The Rebels went up by six, 22-16, with 8:08 left in the first half on a layup by Nikki Byrd.

Arizona cut the lead to two before Ole Miss went up by seven on a three pointer by McFarland with 5:06 left in the half.  The Wildcats tied the game at 33-33 with 43 seconds remaining in the half as Arizona went into the half leading 38-35. 

McFarland led Ole Miss at the half with 15 points. As a team Ole Miss shot 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from the floor while Arizona shot 41.7 percent (15-of-36).

Ole Miss opened the second half on a 12-3 run to go up 41-47 on Laws’ three pointer with 17:01 left in the game. Laws’ layup with 12:42 left put Ole Miss on top, 57-47.

The Wildcats went on a 13-5 run to tie the game at 64-64 with 4:17 to play.  Arizona went up 66-64 with 3:35 remaining but the Rebels weren’t able to get closer than two the rest of the game as the Wildcats posted the 72-70 win.

“This was a game we let get away,” head coach Renee Ladner said.  “I am extremely proud of the effort and intensity tonight.  Take away two turnovers and a missed put back late and we walk away with a win for a young team.  Tonight we took a big step in the right direction.”

Nikki Byrd recorded a team-high eight boards for Ole Miss while Pa’Sonna Hope recorded seven.  McFarland also recorded a team-high seven assists to tie her career high. 

The Rebels ended the game shooting 44.8 percent (30-of-67) from the floor while the Wildcats shot 43.5 percent (30-of-69).

Ole Miss will host Nicholls State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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