About the only thing Ole Miss head coach Renee Ladner was pleased with in the Lady Rebels’ 69-64 win over Jackson State on Friday was the fact her team came out ahead.Following the Lady Rebels’ win in Ole Miss’ season-opener, Ladner concentrated on her team’s inability to put JSU away.
After taking an early lead and pushing its advantage to as much as 12 points in the first half, Ole Miss was never able to take control of the game. That, in turn, allowed JSU to hang around and pull within three points with just under 30 seconds remaining.
One reason for JSU’s surge late was the perimeter shooting of Beatrice Banks, who knocked down five consecutive 3-point shots down the stretch.
LaTosha Laws finished with a team-high 17 points, while Pa’Sonna Hope, who had 12 points at the half, finished with 14.
One bright spot Ladner pointed out was the play of guard Valencia McFarland. The freshman struggled with her shot, converting just 2 of 15 from the floor, but she was able to contribute seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals while only committing one turnover.
Ole Miss (1-0 overall) returns to the hardwood on Saturday, facing the winner of Sam Houston State and Southeast Missouri. (November 12, 2010)