TUSCALOOSA, Ala.—The Ole Miss women’s basketball team won back-to-back Southeastern Conference games for the first time in two years as a balanced effort led the Lady Rebels over the Alabama Crimson Tide Sunday afternoon, 69-55.
With the win, Ole Miss improved to 12-6 overall (2-3 SEC) while Alabama fell to 10-9 overall (0-5 SEC). The win gave Ole Miss its first back-to-back SEC wins since the 2009-10 season when the Lady Rebels won five straight conference games in January of 2010.
Valencia McFarland recorded her eighth career 20-point effort ending the game with a career-best 25 points to go along with nine assists. Whitney Hameth tied her career high with 15 points and Tia Faleu recorded eight points and a career-high nine rebounds.
The first 11 minutes of the game featured six lead changes and three ties, before a 9-0 run by the Lady Rebels put Ole Miss up 21-13 with 9:28 to play in the first half.
Ole Miss stretched its lead to 13 points, 32-19, on a 3-pointer from Hameth with 6:24 remaining in the half. The Crimson Tide cut the Lady Rebels’ lead to five, 36-31, with 31 seconds left in the half before McFarland hit a fade away jumper with three seconds remaining as Ole Miss led, 38-31 at the half.
The Lady Rebels shot 50 percent (16-32) from the floor in the first half and 71.4 percent (5-7) from three point range. McFarland had 17 points and five assists at the half while Faleru had six boards. (January 16, 2012, Page 9)