STARKVILLE — The Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell at Mississippi State 72-57 Sunday afternoon. Mississippi State led only once in the game until the 16:32 mark of the second half when the Lady Bulldogs took the lead for good.
With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 8-12 overall and 1-6 in the Southeastern Conference while Mississippi State improved to 9-11 and 1-6.
Tia Faleru scored 16 points for Ole Miss. Valencia McFarland added seven points, a career-high nine rebounds and six assists. Diara Moore added 12 points followed by Danielle McCray with 10.
The Lady Rebels started the game with a 7-2 lead, holding the Lady Bulldogs to just 1-5 from the floor during that span. Ole Miss used a 7-0 run, capped from a jumper from Valencia McFarland, to push its lead to 14-9 with 11:15 left to play in the first half.
Mississippi State tied the game at 20 with 6:09 remaining in the first half before Ole Miss responded with an 8-2 run to go up 28-22 on a jumper from Courtney Marbra with 2:08 left in the half.
Ole Miss led Mississippi State at the half, 32-26. Faleru led the Lady Rebels with eight points in the first half while McFarland added a team-best five rebounds. As a team, Ole Miss outrebounded Mississippi State, 26-15.
The Lady Bulldogs started the second half on a 10-2 run as Mississippi State led by two, 36-34, with 16:32 left to play.
The Lady Bulldogs extended its lead to eight, 48-40, with 10:21 remaining.
Ole Miss will host Arkansas Thursday night at 7 p.m.
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