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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lady Rebels fall at Alabama

Trailing by as many as 23 late in the first half at Alabama, Ole Miss women’s basketball team battled back to pull to within one with 8:02 left in the second half, but the Crimson Tide hung on for the 61-52 win.After closing the gap to one, 46-45, on a free throw, Ole Miss managed just one field goal over the final 6:08 of the game.  Alabama led by 23, 32-9, with 4:15 left in the first half.

With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 10-16 overall and 3-11 in the Southeastern Conference while Alabama improved to 15-12 and 4-10. The Lady Rebels were without two of their starters Sunday afternoon in Kayla Melson and Pa’Sonna Hope. Melson missed her fifth straight game.

Nikki Byrd recorded her second double-double of the year, and fifth of her career, as she finished with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds. Shae Nelson scored 13 while Valencia McFarland added 12.

Ole Miss will host No. 4 Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by SportSouth and will be senior day for the Rebels’ two seniors in Melson and Tori Slusher. Former Ole Miss Rebel Alliesha Easley, a junior last season who did not play this year due to injuries, will also be honored. (February 21, 2011, Page 8)

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