By NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss women try to snap nine-game losing skid
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team faces a tall order tonight if it is to end a losing streak that has reached nine games.
The Rebels take on No. 13 Georgia (20-7, 9-5 SEC) in a 6 p.m., tip at the Lady Bulldogs’ Stegeman Coliseum.
Georgia was loss No. 2 in the Rebels’ current streak when the Lady Bulldogs defeated Ole Miss (12-15, 2-12 SEC) 61-47 in Oxford on Jan. 22.
Georgia placed four players in double figures that day led by guard Anne Marie Armstrong, who had 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Sophomore point guard Valencia McFarland and freshman forward Tia Faleru each had 13 points for Ole Miss in the first meeting.
The Rebels are coming off a 66-56 home loss to No. 10 Tennessee last Sunday. Ole Miss hasn’t won since a 69-55 decision at Alabama on Jan. 15.
Tonight is the last of two regular season games for the Rebels, both on the road. They finish at Auburn Sunday afternoon. Auburn defeated Ole Miss 67-54 in Oxford on Jan. 29.
McFarland continues to lead Ole Miss with 13.6 points a game, followed by senior forward Nikki Byrd with 11.9.
Byrd’s 8.8 rebounds leads the team.
Lady Bulldogs seek strongfinish to regular season
Mississippi State’s women are hoping to finish the season strong and send retiring coach Sharon Fanning-Otis out on a high note. That task begins today with a visit to Florida (6 p.m.), the final road trip of the season for MSU (14-13, 4-10 SEC).
Fanning-Otis announced Monday that she’ll be stepping down after 17 seasons at the helm. Senior Diamber Johnson said the team wants to send their coach out the right way.
“We have extra reason to play hard,” said Johnson, who leads State in scoring with 15.9 points per game and averages 3.9 assists.
Senior Porsha Porter has had the hot hand of late and averages 13.1 ppg. Despite her efforts, MSU has lost seven of its last eight games.
Florida (17-10, 7-7) is coming off a 61-57 victory over Georgia. The Lady Gators are led by Jennifer George, who averages 12.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.