Nov. 30, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – Behind 25 points from Diara Moore and a double-double from Tia Faleru, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team picked up its fourth straight win with a 89-66 road win over Tulane on Saturday (Nov. 30) afternoon.
Ole Miss dominated from the outset of the game, rattling off six unanswered points to open the game and never looked back, cruising to their fourth consecutive victory and their first road win of the season.
Moore led the way for the Rebels tying her career-high with 25 points, while going 13-of-16 from the free throw line. The Texas native nailed 12 consecutive free throws and didn’t miss form the charity stripe until the final four minutes of the game. She also added eight rebounds, two shy of her first double-double of the season.
Faleru picked up her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. For the second consecutive game, Gracie Frizzell reached double figures with all 12 points coming from long range.
With a 41-28 lead out of the break, Ole Miss kept its foot on the gas and continued to take quality shots while stifling the Waves on the defensive end. Ole Miss (5-4) held Tulane to just four points through the first six minutes of the second half, while extending its lead to 23 points.
Tulane (4-2) tried to use the Rebels game plan against them midway through the second half, forcing Ole Miss into several quick turnovers, but the home team couldn’t capitalize on the other end, as the Rebel lead swelled to 28 points.
Moore was crucial in the second half, scoring 18 points in the second half en route to her season-high 25 points and her first 20-point outing this season.
The Rebels put together two quality halves of basketball, shooting 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the floor in the first stanza and following that by shooting at a 50 percent clip (15-of-30) in the second half. Ole Miss utilized its post players, scoring 38 points in the paint.
Ole Miss opened the game on a tear, opening the game with a 6-0 run behind baskets from forwards, Faleru and Danielle McCray. The Rebels kept the home team without a field goal for the first six minute of the game.
The Rebels took a 10 point lead, 21-11, at the 11:30 mark of the half with some outstanding defense. Ole Miss forced the home team into five early turnovers leading to seven Ole Miss points. A highlight of the first half was Moore taking a charge under the basket, stopping a Tulane fast break and keeping the momentum squarely with the visitors.
Ole Miss, who led throughout the contest, wouldn’t let the host team get closer than eight points in the first half and took advantage of the paint, scoring 20 points on the inside and holding the home team to just eight points on the inside.
Kenyotta Jenkins provided a lift off the bench in the first half of action with four points and four rebounds.
The Rebels return to Tad Smith Coliseum for their next two games, beginning on Wednesday (Dec. 4). Ole Miss hosts the School Kids Game, and will take on Louisiana Tech. Tipoff is at 11 a.m. The Rebels conclude the homestand against Mississippi Valley State on Sunday (Dec. 7) at Noon. For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).
Ole Miss moves to 1-1 in true road games this season … Valencia McFarland extends her scoring streak to 96 consecutive games and her consecutive games started streak to 87 games … Danielle McCray back in the starting lineup after missing the Louisiana-Monroe game with injury … The loss was Tulane’s first at home this season … Ole Miss scored over 80 points for the third time this season and is 3-0 when scoring over 80 points … Ole Miss has had a player score 20 or more points in each of its last four games.