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.
Ole Miss fell 17-10 in overtime to intrastate rival Mississippi State, but the Rebels' one score provided a special moment for two of the team's unsung players. Down 7-0 with 31 seconds left in the first half, Ole Miss called... read more
Ole Miss sent seniors Kellie Goss and Kara Morgan out with a win as the Rebels topped LSU 3-2 on Senior Night. "It was a great win," head coach Joe Getzin said. "We tweaked the lineup, and one of our... read more
One of the core values for the Ole Miss football program is mental toughness. With a rivalry game in a hostile environment, it will carry a greater importance. "You're going into a hostile environment, and that's the biggest thing," offensive... read more
The Egg Bowl returns to Thanksgiving night for the first time since 2003, which is also the last time Ole Miss won in Starkville. Thursday's game is the 110th meeting of one of the nation's most-played rivalries and the 86th... read more
Ole Miss had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 24-10 loss to No. 8 Missouri on Saturday night. The 24th-ranked Rebels now face a quick turnaround as they travel to face intrastate rival Mississippi State on Thursday night in... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze meets with members of the media following Wednesday's practice.Ole Miss is the only school in the upper half of the SEC statistical rankings in every major offensive and defensive category. This week, the Rebels face one... read more
Photo Gallery Courtney Cunningham is a builder. While playing volleyball for Ole Miss from 2009-11, Cunningham helped build the Rebels into an NCAA Tournament team while also earning her civil engineering degree. From that degree, Cunningham is helping build... read more
There's a different air surrounding this week's primetime showdown with No. 8 Missouri, the Rebels' first top-10 test since a 27-24 win over then-No. 6 LSU back on Oct. 19. "It's a huge week for us," junior quarterback Bo Wallace... read more
Freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught a short pass from junior quarterback Bo Wallace, made six Troy defenders miss and dove into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown. It was the start of a historic day for the Ole... read more
Ole Miss won its second ever NCAA Tournament game and set a school record for wins in a season with 16, as seven different Rebels scored in a 9-0 win over Jackson State Friday night. No. 22-ranked Ole Miss (16-5-2)... read more
Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, visited campus Wednesday. He spent time with head coach Hugh Freeze, spoke to the team and signed the equipment room Wall of Fame. "He's one of... read more
Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the second straight year under head coach Hugh Freeze after a 34-24 win over Arkansas this past Saturday. The Rebels are also 6-3 for the first time since 2009, when the started 8-3 before... read more
After Ole Miss took a 20-10 lead into halftime, the momentum swung in favor of Arkansas after an interception, a touchdown-scoring drive and a defensive three-and-out to start the third quarter. Now leading 20-17, senior quarterback Barry Brunetti converted a... read more
Junior guard Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points to lift Ole Miss past Troy, 69-54, in Saturday's season opener in the Tad Smith Coliseum. He shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field, including 5-for-10 from 3-point range. "He was... read more