Rebels Edged At La Tech

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Kenyotta Jenkins (photo by Joshua McCoy)
Kenyotta Jenkins (photo by Joshua McCoy)

Dec. 1, 2012

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RUSTON, La. –Ole Miss finished a tough three game in five day stretch on the road Saturday with a hard-fought 57-54 loss at LA Tech in front of 4,785 fans.

With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 4-2 on the year while  LA Tech improved to 2-3.

Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with a season-best 15 points and eight steals while Amber Singletary and Kenyotta Jenkins each added eight points. Jenkins also led the team in rebounds with seven.

Down by three with 1.3 second left in the game, Gracie Frizzell’s potentially game-tying three was off the mark but the Rebels got the rebound with 0.9 seconds to play. After a timeout, Danielle McCray inbounded the ball to Diara Moore but her three just missed as LA Tech held on for the win.

For the game, Ole Miss shot 33.8 percent from the floor (22-65) while LA Tech shot 41.1 percent (23-56).

LA Tech built a quick 12-4 lead with 15:48 left in the half before Ole Miss used a 7-0 run, and held the Lady Techsters scoreless for almost five minutes, to pull within one, 12-11, with 11:36 to play.

LA Tech pushed its lead to 11, 26-15, before Moore and McFarland combined for seven points in less than 40 seconds to pull the score to 26-22. The Lady Techsters lead at the half, 30-22.

Gracie Frizzell and Moore each led the Rebels at the half with five points. Ole Miss shot 42.9 percent from the floor (12-28) while LA Tech shot 30 percent (9-30).

In the second half, Amber Singletary’s shot LA Tech’s lead to one, 34-33, at the 16-minute media timeout.  The Lady Techsters pushes its lead back to six, 55-49, with 3:33 to play.

Ole Miss will host Massachusetts on Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. The game is Youth League Day and all kids in their youth league uniforms will receive free admission.

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