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Lady Rebels down Lions in season opener

After announcing a self-imposed one-year postseason ban, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team opened its season with a 95-85 win against Southeastern Louisiana Friday night.

 
Just before their season opener Friday, Ole Miss announced they self-imposed a one-year postseason ban on the women’s basketball program, but the Lady Rebels (1-0) put that behind them on their way to a 95-85 win over Southeastern Louisiana. 
 
Junior guard Diara Moore, a junior college transfer, led the charge for the Rebels in her debut. She scored 25 points and added seven rebounds in 32 minutes of play.  
 
“I thought she really turned a corner about two weeks ago, and I think she’s capable of putting up big numbers all season long,” Frank said.
 
Moore was not the only player that impressed in the season opener against the Lions (0-1). Junior forward Kenyotta Jenkins notched a double-double, chipping in 13 points and 10 rebounds. While junior point guard Valencia McFarland, an All-SEC second team selection, managed only four points and five assists, she was a key part of the victory.
 
“Valencia’s role is not to score points,” Frank said. “It’s not to get a certain number of rebounds, a certain number of assists. Valencia’s job is to guarantee us wins this year. She’s got to be able to do a little bit of everything.”
 
While the game was high-scoring for both teams, it was a game that was not won in transition, but won on effort points. The Rebels outscored the Lions 50-44 in the paint. They outscored the Lions 27-14 off of turnovers. They also outscored the Lions 22-16 on second-chance points. These narrow margins proved to be the difference for in the Lady Rebels’ win Friday night. 
 
“I thought tonight we did a good job in some areas and some lacking in other areas,” Frank said. 
 
Up next for the Lady Rebels will be the Lady Demons of Northwestern State. The game will tip off Friday at 11 a.m. at Tad Smith Coliseum.