The Lady Rebels (2-0 overall) opened the game sluggish and fell behind 11-14 to the Lady Demons (2-1). After trading baskets with the NSU, Ole Miss closed out the half on a 16-3 run to pull ahead 35-24. Ole Miss continued its run in the second frame, scoring six unanswered.
Unlike last week, when the Lady Rebels were slowed by a total of 61 fouls in their opener, the home squad was able to get out and run against Northwestern State.
“I thought we came out a little flat early and didn’t have much energy to us. Fortunately we turned the corner sometime about the middle of the first half. We were at about 11 points at the 10-minute mark and were fortunate to go on a run towards the end of the first half,” acting Ole Miss coach Brett Frank said during his opening statement. “I thought that was just the girls picking up the energy level. We decided to pressure the ball a little more aggressively in the half defensively and it seemed to give them some problems. Their guards are small and I thought they struggled to throw over us some and that seemed to be the turning point in the game.
“I think our defense created opportunities offensively in transition and anytime we get our transition game going it really seems to be our bread and butter and when we’re at our best.”
Tia Faleru and Diara Moore led Ole Miss with 13 points apiece, while Valencia McFarland contributed 12 points on 6 of 10 shooting. McFarland also collected three assists and five steals.
Jasmine Upchurch led NSU with 13 points and was second on the team with five rebounds.
Friday’s announced attendance was 3,866.
Below is video of the post-game press conference:
Ole Miss returns to the Tad Pad on Monday against Lamar at 7 p.m.
For more from Friday’s game, checkout Monday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (November 16, 2012)