The first half featured 11 lead changes and three ties as neither team led by more than five during the half. Murray State led by five early, 8-3, with 17:22 in the half. After a pair of free throws from McFarland with 5.6 seconds left in the half, the Rebels led, 26-23 at the break.
In the first half, Singletary, who made her first career start, and Byrd each had six points for Ole Miss. Byrd also had a team-best five boards while Kenyotta Jenkins added four. Ole Miss shot 37.7 percent (10-28) from the floor while Murray State shot 24.4 percent (10-41).
The Rebels opened the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 34-25 lead on a three from Singletary with 17:07 left.
The Racers closed the gap to two, 40-38, with 10:01 remaining after a 10-3 run. Maggie McFerrin hit two threes for Ole Miss to push the Rebels lead to eight, 57-49, with 1:42 to play.
For the game, Ole Miss shot 41.1 percent (23-56) while Murray State shot 29.3 percent (22-75).
Ole Miss will host Cleveland State on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
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