Ole Miss women upset Kentucky

Big win for the Ole Miss women tonight over No. 11 Kentucky, the second win over a ranked opponent this season.

It’s the first win for second-year coach Matt Insell over Kentucky where he served as an assistant before taking the Ole Miss job.

It’s a huge turnaround win for this team. After a 4-1 SEC start there were legitimate NCAA tournament expectations. A seven-game losing streak followed. I thought this group was done and wouldn’t have the emotions to get off the mat and win an emotional game like this. The losing streak ended last Thursday, but that was against an SEC-winless Auburn team.

Tonight an Ole Miss team that had struggled to close out games closed one out with two starters — Tia Faleru and Erika Sisk — having fouled out.

The Ole Miss bench celebrates a 3-pointer to tie at the end of the first half. Much more celebration followed the final horn. (Petre Thomas photo)

The Ole Miss bench celebrates a 3-pointer to tie at the end of the first half. Much more celebration followed after the final horn. (Petre Thomas photo)

Faleru had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Rebels (16-11, 6-8 SEC) who had four players in double figures. Gracie Frizzell had 15 points on 5-for-9 3-point shooting. Danielle McCray had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Rebels shot only 37 percent but held Kentucky to 32 percent shooting. Ole Miss was plus-3 on the glass.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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