Women's Hoops Downs Nicholls State

Pa'Sonna Hope

Nov. 20, 2010

Final Stats

OXFORD, Miss. - Valencia McFarland and Kayla Melson led Ole Miss to a 64-60 win over Nicholls State Saturday afternoon.
With the win Ole Miss improves to 3-1 while Nicholls State fell to 2-1. 

McFarland led Ole Miss for the second straight game as she scored 16 points.  Melson recorded her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Ole Miss started the game on a 10-3 run before Nicholls State responded with a 9-0 run to go ahead 12-10 with 14:40 left in the half.

A three pointer from McFarland put the Rebels up by four, 21-17, with 8:46 to play.  But the Colonels again came back to go up four, 25-21, with 6:59 remaining.

McFarland hit two threes in the last 3:12 of the half as the Rebels took a 36-29 lead at the half.

Ole Miss shot 15-of-39 (38.5 percent) from the floor while Nicholls State shot 12-of-26 (46.2 percent).  McFarland led the Rebels at the half with 12 points while Melson led the team with seven rebounds. 

Ole Miss opened up an 11-point lead to start the second half to go up, 42-31.  Nicholls State cut the Rebels' lead to four, 46-42, on a three pointer with 12:52 left in the game. 

The Colonels went up four, 53-49, with 5:49 remaining before the Rebels tied the game at 53-53 on a layup by McFarland with 3:55 to play. The Rebels went up three, 60-57, on a three-point play by Melson with under two minutes to play. 

A jumper by McFarland with 40 seconds left put Ole Miss up 62-57 but Nicholls State hit a three on their next possession to cut the lead to two, 62-60, with 23 seconds left.  Melson hit two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining as Ole Miss posted the 64-60 win.  

"It's a win.  Nicholls State was prepared," head coach Renee Ladner said.  "We have to move.  We came out in the second half with an 11-point lead and then we fought for the rest of the game.  We aren't playing as cohesive unit.  But I'm happy for a win."

Pa'Sonna Hope recorded 12 points for Ole Miss while Courtney Marbra finished with nine points and seven boards.
Ole Miss shot 36.8 percent (25-of-68) for the game.  The Rebels outrebounded the Colonels 53-25. 

Ole Miss will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown.  The Rebels will take on Gonzaga on Nov. 27 at 9:45 p.m. CT. Ole Miss will face either North Carolina Central or Hawai`i on Nov. 28 and will play a third game on Nov. 29.

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