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Women's hoops loses fourth straight

Phillip Waller/The Daily Mississippian

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team (12-10; 2-7 SEC) came into Sunday’s game on a three-game losing streak and was in need of an offensive spark. The Lady Rebels (12-10, 2-7 SEC) continued their slide with a 67-54 loss to Auburn (11-11, 3-6 SEC) on Sunday at the Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss had another disappointing offensive performance, shooting just 32.7 percent (17-for-52) from the field and 22.2 percent (2-for-9) from three-point range, while also turning the ball over 16 times and being out-rebounded 40-32.

“You have to put the ball in the hole,” Head Coach Renee Ladner said. “We struggled to score and we go on those long droughts, and we try and create instead of just letting it happen.” 

The first half was a back-and-forth battle, and neither team built a large lead. With less than four minutes to play in the first half, the Lady Tigers went on a 11-2 run to take a 38-28 lead into halftime. In the second half, Ole Miss got to within six, 44-38, with just over 15 minutes to play before Auburn hit a big three to stretch the lead back to nine and then pulled away in the final minutes of the game.

The Lady Rebels were led once again by the play of sophomore guard Valencia McFarland, who scored a team-high 15 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Senior forward Nikki Byrd finished with 11 points, including a 7-of-10 game at the free throw line.

Ole Miss returns to action on Thursday when they travel to take on No. 6 Kentucky (19-2, 8-0 SEC). Tip-off from Lexington, Ky., is set for 6 p.m.