By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Despite three players scoring in double figures the Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell to Arizona, 72-70, on Thursday night.
With the loss Ole Miss fell to 2-1 on the year while Arizona improved to 3-0. Valencia McFarland scored a career-high 20 points while Kayla Melson added 19 and LaTosha Laws scored 14.
Arizona jumped out to a six-point lead, 14-8, before Ole Miss’ Shae Nelson hit a three to cut the Wildcats’ lead in half, 14-11. The Rebels went up by six, 22-16, with 8:08 left in the first half on a layup by Nikki Byrd.
Ole Miss opened the second half on a 12-3 run to go up 51-47 on Laws’ three pointer with 17:01 left in the game. Laws’ layup with 12:42 left put Ole Miss on top, 57-47.
The Wildcats went on a 13-5 run to tie the game at 64-64 with 4:17 to play. Arizona went up 66-64 with 3:35 remaining but the Rebels weren’t able to get closer than two the rest of the game.
“This was a game we let get away,” head coach Renee Ladner said. “Take away two turnovers and a missed put back late and we walk away with a win for a young team. Tonight we took a big step in the right direction.”