OXFORD, Miss. ó The road isn't getting any kinder to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
OXFORD, Miss. ó The road isnít getting any kinder to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Playing its fifth straight game away from home to start the season, UAPB had a cold shooting night and committed 25 turnovers Tuesday night as Ole Miss won 83-52 in womenís basketball.
The Lady Lions (0-5) made only 17 of 62 field goals for 27.4 percent, but they were 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Only one of their players, junior guard Lakendra Marsh, scored in double figures with 14 points. Chi-Chi Okwumabua, Jenise Gentry and Victoria White each added seven.
The shooting wasnít better for Ole Miss (5-1), which hit only 39.5 percent from the floor (30 of 76) and 14.3 percent (3 of 21) from behind the arc, but the Rebels outrebounded the Lady Lions 48-33, committed fewer turnovers (16) and made more steals (17-8).
Valencia McFarland scored 18 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Rebels. Whitney Hameth recorded 14 points and six rebounds, and Nikki Byrd finished with 11 points and 12 boards. Byrdís totals mark the first time since Armintie Price in 2007 that an Ole Miss player has recorded four straight double-doubles.
Going into the game, Byrd ledthe nation in rebounds with 12.1 per game.
The Lady Lions were held scoreless for 4- and 7-minute spans during the first half, and Hameth completed a three-point play with 2:50 left in the frame to give the Rebels a 28-point lead. Ole Miss led 45-23 at intermission.
A 3 from McFarland made it a 57-33 Ole Miss lead with a little more than 12 minutes to play.
For UAPB, Charnecia McRae and Carlisha Walker each scored six points and recent Watson Chapel graduate Alexi Rollins grabbed three rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
Every Ole Miss player who saw action scored in the game.
Ole Miss was the second of three SEC opponents this season for UAPB. The Lady Lionsí next game will be Sunday at Marquette.