NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team closed out non-conference play with a 61-58 win against Eastern Michigan in the third-place game of the Tulane DoubleTree Classic Sunday afternoon.
With the win, Ole Miss improved to 7-6 overall while Eastern Michigan fell to 2-10.
Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss for the second day in a row with 16 points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists. Her five assists marks the 32nd time in her career she has recorded at least five assists per game, including eight games this year. She also recorded a career-high eight rebounds.
Kenyotta Jenkins added 14 points and eight rebounds while Diara Moore added 10 points and two assists.
For the game, Ole Miss shot 31.4 percent (16-51) from the floor Eastern Michigan shot 37.5 percent (24-64). The Rebels went 24-31 from the free throw line with Jenkins going 8-10 and McFarland going 7-8.
Eastern Michigan built a 12-point lead, 23-11, with 9:48 to play before a three from Maggie McFerrin and a layup from Tia Faleru cut the Eagles’ lead to seven, 23-16, with 8:20 remaining.
Ole Miss used a 12-0 run, including seven points from McFarland, to take a 31-28 lead over Eastern Michigan with 2:13 left in the half.
The Rebels led at the half, 35-51. Jenkins recorded 11 points while McFaland added nine. McFarland and Monique Jackson each added five rebounds. As a team, Ole Miss shot 31.0 percent (9-29) from the floor while Eastern Michigan shot 35.3 percent (12-34).
Eastern Michigan opened the second half with six unanswered points to go ahead by two, 37-35. Neither team led by more than three until McFarland’s three with 2:57 to play put Ole Miss up, 59-53.
Ole Miss will open SEC play on Jan. 3 playing at LSU at 7 p.m.