Rebels Upset Bid Falls Short at Baylor

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Valencia McFarland was a rebound shy of a triple double in a loss at No. 9 Baylor.
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Valencia McFarland was a rebound shy of a triple double in a loss at No. 9 Baylor.
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Dec. 18, 2013

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WACO, Texas – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team went wire-to-wire with No. 9/9 Baylor for 40 minutes, but the upset bid fell just short in a 87-80 road loss in Waco, Texas on Wednesday (Dec. 18).

In a game that featured eight lead changes and 10 ties, the last 3:42 certainly didn’t disappoint.  With Ole Miss up 74-72, Baylor used a three-point play from Nina Davis and a triple from Makenzie Robertson to go ahead, 78-74.

A pair of Baylor (9-1) free throws gave the home team 80 points, but a three-point play from Texas native Diara Moore pulled Ole Miss (8-5) within one point, 80-79, but the home team sealed the win from the line, stopping the Rebel upset bid.

“What a great game that was between two teams that just left everything on the floor,” said head coach Matt Insell. “I give Baylor all credit in the world they have a great team and program. I told our players it was going to take 40 minutes to win the basketball game and we played about 38 minutes. I’m proud of my team, we’ll figure out a way to get two more minutes, but we’ll grow from this loss.”

Statistically speaking the game was about as even as you could get with the Rebels shooting 38.4 percent (28-of-73) to Baylor’s 37.8 percent (28-of-74) while Bears won the battle of the boards, holding a 50-45 rebounding edge.

Tia Faleru led the Rebels with 22 points and 10 rebounds, for her third consecutive double-double and eighth this season, while Valencia McFarland was a rebound shy of the fourth triple double in program history with 17 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Danielle McCray added 13 points and 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and Moore contributed 13 points.

The Rebels hung tough with the nation’s No. 9 team from the outset of the game, matching not only Baylor’s intensity but also in the scoring column, going bucket-for-bucket with the Bears. With BU leading 15-12, Ole Miss went on a 17-4 over the next 4:31 to take a 10-point, 29-19, lead – the largest by either team in the first half. Gracie Frizzell and Shequila Joseph each nailed triples to keep the Bears at bay, while McFarland went to work slicing through the Baylor defense to get easy layups at the rim.

Baylor used a 6-0 run to get as close as four points down the stretch, but Frizzell silenced the home crowd with a triple from the top of the key to keep the lead with the Rebels, 35-29 at the final media timeout of the half. The teams went back-and-forth in the final minutes of action but it was the Rebels who took a 41-40 advantage into halftime, marking the first time Baylor had trailed at halftime all year.

Odyssey Sims lead all-scorers with 39 points while Nina Davis added a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.  

The Rebels will take some time off for the holidays before returning back to the Tad Smith Coliseum on Dec. 30 to take close out the non-conference slate. Ole Miss will host Austin Peay at 11:30 a.m. The Rebels open the SEC slate on Thursday (Jan. 2) when they welcome Missouri. For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

Rebel Sidelines
Valencia McFarland extends her scoring streak to 100 consecutive games and her consecutive games started streak to 90 games … Tia Faleru picked up her third consecutive double-double. It is her eighth this season and 13th career … Ole Miss’ 41-40 halftime lead marked the first time Baylor had trailed at halftime all season … Danielle McCray picked up her first double-double of the season and second career … Ole Miss had two players with double figure rebounds for the first time this season … Valencia McFarland picked up her second double-double of the season … Tia Faleru’s 22 points marks the second consecutive game she has scored 20 or more and marks the seventh time in the last eight games a Rebel has scored 20 points.

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