By NEMS Daily Journal
Rebel youngsters face road test at Florida
– The young freshmen on the Ole Miss women’s basketball team will get another taste of the SEC road tonight in Gainesville, Fla.
Tipoff between the Rebels and Gators is 6 p.m., at UF’s O’Connell Center.
Ole Miss (9-11, 2-6 SEC) is 1-7 on the road this season. The Rebels lost 72-41 at Vanderbilt last Sunday.
Tonight’s game will be a homecoming of sorts for Ole Miss coach Renee Lander, who was an assistant on Carol Ross’ staff at Florida from 2000-2002.
Assistant coach Jocelyn McGilberry served as a Florida assistant coach in 1990.
Ladner has used freshmen Valencia McFarland, Shae Nelson and Pa’Sonna Hope extensively, sometimes starting all three.
Hope is the team’s leading rebounder at 5.9 per game, McFarland the second-leading scorer at 12.3 points a game.
Florida is 14-9 overall, 4-5 in the SEC and won twice last week, defeating Alabama 70-64 and Mississippi State 67-60.
– Parrish Alford
Lady Bulldogs home again to take on Alabama
– STARKVILLE – Somebody will finally break through tonight.
Mississippi State’s women host Alabama at 7 in a game featuring two teams that are winless in SEC play. The Lady Bulldogs (8-12, 0-8 SEC) are also trying to snap a nine-game losing streak dating back to Dec. 30, and they’re coming off a 67-60 home loss to Florida on Sunday.
The main problem has been scoring, as MSU averages just 57.7 points per game. Leading the way are senior Mary Kathryn Govero (11.9 ppg) and junior Di’Amber Johnson (11.6 ppg).
Alabama (11-11, 0-9) has also lost nine in a row, most recently an 82-69 setback to Kentucky on Sunday. The Crimson Tide can score (67.3 ppg) but is 11th in the league in points allowed (67.3 ppg).
Bama is paced by senior Tierney Jenkins’ 16.8 ppg. She’s the lone player averaging double digits.
– Brad Locke
Southern Mississippi beats UAB, ties for 1st
– BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Gary Flowers scored 22 points and Southern Mississippi defeated Alabama-Birmingham 75-71 Wednesday night.
The Golden Eagles (17-5, 6-3 Conference USA) trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but held the Blazers (15-6, 5-3) to 38.1 percent shooting in the second (8 of 21).
Southern Miss shot 43.8 percent for the game (28 of 64), and moved into a tie with UTEP for first in the conference. It was the first time in 12 games this season UAB lost when holding an opponent to less than 45-percent shooting from the field.
The Golden Eagles were outscored 8-3 to open the second, but scored nine straight and pushed the lead to as many as 13, 66-53, on R.L. Horton’s layup with 5:06 to play.
The Blazers cut it to three, 72-69, but Southern Miss went 3 of 4 from the free-throw line the rest of the way to seal it.
Dexter Fields had 24 points and Jamarr Sanders 22 for UAB.
Daily Journal, wire reports