Rebels drop season finale at Arkansas

Published 12:01 pm Monday, February 29, 2016

The Ole Miss women’s basketball tried to rally in the fourth quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback falling, 60-49 to Arkansas in the regular season finale at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Sunday. The Rebels made things interesting in the fourth quarter and after trailing by as many as eight points in the second half, the Rebels cut the lead to two points before the Arkansas closed the game on a 14-5 run to take the victory.

Shandricka Sessom led the Ole Miss offense with 19 points and Madinah Muhammad scored 14 points for her 11th game in double figures. Shequila Joseph tied her career-high with 10 rebounds in the loss.

Arkansas came out and cut the Ole Miss lead all the way to one possession, 29-27 with a big three-pointer from Jessica Jackson at the 7:13 mark and from that point the score see-sawed back and forth between the teams. Sessom ended a nearly five minute scoring drought with a bucket for the left elbow but Arkansas, who took its first lead of the game at the 4:16 mark, used a 10-3 run to close the quarter to take a 39-31 lead at the end of the third quarter.

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Both teams were slow out of the gates but the Rebels got hot early, running out to a 10-2 lead behind seven early points from Muhammad. Joseph also got into the action with an early triple to keep momentum with the visitors. Ole Miss kept its strong start going and was feeling it from long range as the Rebels opened the game shooting 37.5 percent from long range (3-of-8) and was 47.1 percent from the floor. Sessom back in the starting lineup for the first time in four games, missed her first five shots but settled in at the end of the quarter and had six points in the first quarter. The Rebels held Arkansas to just eight first quarter points and 26.7 (4-of-15) shooting from the floor.

Ole Miss struggled to score in the second quarter and saw its first points of the quarter at the 5:15 mark on a pair of free throws from A’Queen Hayes. The Razorbacks cut into the lead and had the once-13 point lead down to six points at the second quarter media timeout. Ole Miss was able to keep the ‘Hogs at bay the remainder of the quarter thanks to some big shots from Sessom who was into double figures by the end of the first half with 10 points.