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Ole Miss falls on road to LSU

Ole Miss falls on road to LSU

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team had a rough time in the bayou, losing 70-41 to LSU in Baton Rouge Thursday night.

The Rebels’ problems began early, as they shot just 16.2 percent in the first half, making only six of their 36 attempts. Going into halftime, Ole Miss had only 19 points in the game and trailed the Tigers by 16.

Things did not get much better for the Rebels in the second half, as they went 7-for-20 from the field for a 35.0 completion percentage.

In addition to poor shooting, turnovers plagued Ole Miss throughout the game. They posted a season-high 30 turnovers in the contest, which led to 34 points for the Lady Tigers.

Rebels head coach Matt Insell kept matters in perspective following the loss, complimenting the Tigers and head coach Nikki Caldwell:

“In this game, we did not play very well. All credit to LSU, they played really well tonight and took us out of some things. We got really stagnant against their zone and let our inability to make shots affect us. We have to learn from this. We have a young basketball team, and we knew going into this season that we would have really good days and some really bad days. We’ve had a lot more good days than we’ve had bad days when you’re talking about eight newcomers on the roster. They’re learning, they’re getting better each and every day and we’ll learn from this. We’ll go back to the drawing board and figure out the next one. LSU played really well tonight, a true credit to Nikki Caldwell and her staff for having their team ready to go.”

Senior forward Danielle McCray was the high scorer for Ole Miss with 15 points. She had nine rebounds, one short of garnering her third career double-double. Freshman guard Shandricka Sessom added eight points.

Senior forward Tia Faleru and sophomore forward Bretta Hart each grabbed seven rebounds for the Rebels.

No. 1 coming to town Sunday

Ole Miss will need to regroup quickly, as it has the No. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks will be in Oxford on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 3:30 PM (CT) and it will be televised by ESPNU.

For ticket information, go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

If you would like to keep up with the Rebels on social twitter, follow them at @OleMissWBB or follow head coach Matt Insell at @minsell.

(Feature image courtesy of LSUSports.net)

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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