By NEMS Daily Journal
Ole Miss women hit road to South Carolina tonight
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team will be back in action tonight in an SEC road game at South Carolina.
Tipoff at the Gamecocks’ Colonial Life Arena is 6 p.m. The game can be seen at Fox Sports Net (where available) and through live streaming at EPSN3.com.
The Rebels (12-8, 2-5 SEC) have dropped their last two games to Mississippi State and No. 15 Georgia, both at home.
Consistent offensive punch remains a problem for Ole Miss, which has been held to under 50 points in three SEC games including the last two.
South Carolina (15-5, 4-3 SEC) split two games last week, losing 53-49 at Auburn on Sunday after winning 65-60 in overtime at Vanderbilt.
Led by fourth-year coach Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks are tied with LSU for fourth place in the SEC standings.
South Carolina is led by guards Markeshia Grant and La’Keisha Sutton, who are averaging 9.6 and 9.2 points a game.
Gamecocks opponents are scoring just 48.0 points a game.
Ole Miss freshman Tia Faleru recorded the first double-double of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia.
The Rebels are led by sophomore point guard Valencia McFarland with 13.7 points a game, followed by senior forward Nikki Byrd with 13.5 points a game.
Lady Bulldogs go for third
straight vs. Arkansas
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s women will try to win their third in a row when Arkansas visits Humphrey Coliseum for 7 p.m. showdown today.
The Lady Bulldogs (13-6, 3-3) defeated Auburn on Sunday, 62-57, behind Diamber Johnson’s 27 points. That put the senior back atop the SEC in scoring, at 17.9 points per game. She’s 48 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Kendra Grant had a career-high 15 points on Sunday and is averaging 12.0 per game in home SEC games.
Arkansas (14-5, 3-4) is on a streak, too, having won three in a row, including an upset of No. 22 Vanderbilt and a win at LSU. Sarah Watkins scored 21 points and blocked six shots against Vandy, and she’s averaging 10.7 points per game.
C’eira Ricketts leads Arkansas with 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.