Ole Miss, MSU women in action today

BasketballBy Parrish Alford and Logan lowery

Daily Journal

The Ole Miss and Mississippi State women’s basketball teams will look to get back on track by hosting an SEC opponent today.

Having dropped its last two games against ranked opponents Ole Miss takes on unranked but successful Florida today.

Tipoff at Tad Smith Coliseum is 1 p.m. The Bulldogs host Georgia today at 2 p.m. on CSS.

The Gators (15-6, 5-3 SEC) have won their last two. They dropped three straight in the league after a 3-0 start.

Ole Miss (10-12 1-7) lost 99-70 at No. 7 South Carolina on Thursday.

Florida is 1-2 on the SEC road with losses at LSU and Tennessee. The Rebels are 1-3 in SEC home games, an 87-85 overtime win over Mississippi State their lone conference victory. Florida has won its last four games against Ole Miss in Oxford.

Valencia McFarland scored 24 points, and Tia Faleru added 19 for the Rebels at South Carolina.

They remain the Rebels’ top scoring threats most nights, McFarland at 16.8 points and 6.2 assists a game, Faleru at 16.2 and 9.5 rebounds.

MSU

Vic Schaefer’s Bulldogs have lost four of the last five outings falling to 15-7 overall and just 2-6 in Southeastern Conference play.

Despite leading at halftime, MSU is coming off a 65-56 defeat at No. 14 LSU on Thursday. Georgia (15-6, 3-5) was able to pull an upset this week taking down No. 12 Kentucky 58-56 and have won three of its last four outings.

State’s 50-38 victory over then 11th-ranked Georgia was one of Schaefer’s signature wins at home last season. UGA holds a slight 10-8 edge in the series in Starkville.

Junior center Martha Alwal continues to lead Mississippi State with 15.2 points and is third in the SEC with 8.6 rebounds. Shacobia Barbee is Georgia’s leader averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 boards. She also leads the conference with 2.7 steals per game.