By Ole Miss Media Relations
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team won back-to-back SEC games for the first time in two years as a balanced effort led the Rebels over the Alabama Crimson Tide Sunday afternoon, 69-55.
With the win, Ole Miss improved to 12-6 overall (2-3 SEC) while Alabama fell to 10-9 overall (0-5 SEC). The win gave Ole Miss its first back-to-back SEC wins since the 2009-10 season when the Rebels won five straight conference games in January of 2010.
Valencia McFarland recorded her eighth career 20-point ending the game with a career-best 25 points to go along with nine assists. Whitney Hameth tied her career high with 15 points and Tia Faleu recorded eight points and a career-high nine rebounds.
The first 11 minutes of the game featured six lead changes and three ties, before a 9-0 run by the Rebels put Ole Miss up 21-13 with 9:28 to play in the first half.
Ole Miss stretched its lead to 13 points, 32-19, on a three from Hameth with 6:24 remaining in the half. The Crimson Tide cut the Rebels’ lead to five, 36-31, with 31 seconds left in the half before McFarland hit a fade away jumper with three seconds remaining as Ole Miss led, 38-31 at the half.
The Rebels shot 50 percent (16-32) from the floor in the first half and 71.4 percent (5-7) from three point range. McFarland had 17 points and five assists at the half while Faleru had six boards.
In the second half, the Crimson Tide cut the Rebels’ lead to six, 44-38, with 15:56 left to play before another three from Hameth gave Ole Miss a 13-point advantage, 53-40, with just over 13 minutes remaining.
Alabama cut Ole Miss’ lead to 10 on three occasions late in the second half but the Rebels went up 14, 66-52, on a put back from Faleru with 3:23 to play.
For the game, Ole Miss shot a season-best 66.7 percent (28-59) from the floor and shot 70 percent (7-10) from three-point range.
Ole Miss will host Mississippi State Thursday night at 7 p.m.