OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss finished the game on a 15-2 run, as the Rebels (3-0) pulled away for a 91-68 win over Southern on Thursday night. Four players finished in double figures, paced by the senior forward duo of Tia Faleru and Danielle McCray.
Faleru led all players with a season-high 29 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, two points shy of her career high in points. It was her second double-double of the season and the 21st of her career, moving her into sole possession of seventh place on the school’s all-time double-doubles list.
“I’m really excited about getting that win,” coach Matt Insell said. “I know it was a grind there for a little bit, but we pushed it out there at the end because of our defense.”
McCray was a rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with a career-high 18 points and a season-high nine rebounds, while junior guard Gracie Frizzell and freshman guard Kiara Golden added 13 points and 11 points, respectively.
Faleru and McCray also helped Ole Miss to a 59-36 rebounding advantage, including 27-15 on the offensive glass, which helped the Rebels overcome a 41 percent shooting night and 22 turnovers.
“She brought intensity, and I came along with her,” said Faleru of McCray. “The more energy she had, the more energy I had, and that’s what led the team today. That’s what seniors do. They step up in crunch-time.”
The Rebels shot just 28 percent (12-of-43) from the field and committed 16 turnovers on the way to a 38-32 halftime lead. McCray led all players with 11 first-half points, while Faleru led the way with 11 rebounds.
Southern was led by Britney Washington with 29 points and four rebounds. Kendra Coleman was the only other Southern player in double digits with 13.