Rebels fall to Gators

By School report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team fell at Florida Sunday afternoon, 84-55.

With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 12-12 (2-9 SEC) while Florida improved to 15-8 (5-5 SEC).

Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss with 11 points, six boards and four assists. Tia Faleru finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and Danielle McCray added eight points and five rebounds. Monique Jackson recorded a career-best seven points.

Through the first 15:59 of the game, Ole Miss and Florida were tied at 9-9 with the Rebels hitting four of its first nine shots.

From that point, Ole Miss shot just 2-19 from the floor as the Gators used an 18-2 run to push ahead 31-15 with 6:37 remaining in the first half.

The Rebels cut the lead to seven, 31-24, on a fast-break layup from McFarland with 2:15 to play but the Gators used a 10-2 run to close the half.

Florida led Ole Miss 41-26 at the half. Whitney Hameth led the Rebels with six points at the half while McCray, McFarland, Faleru. As a team, Ole Miss shot 29.7 percent (11-37) from the floor while Florida shot 47.2 percent (17-36).

Faleru scored six straight points to open the second half to cut Florida’s lead to nine with 18:47 left in the game. The Gators responded and pushed their lead back to double digits, leading 61-44, with 10:22 remaining.

Florida pushed its lead to 73-52 with 4:03 to play and went on to post the 84-55 win.

Ole Miss will play at home Thursday night hosting Alabama at 7 p.m.