Ole Miss women fall to Troy at home

Published 10:02 am Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team came up short against a high-powered Troy team, falling 71-54 to the Trojans at The Pavilion on Wednesday night.

The Rebels (5-8) received another 20-point outing from senior Crystal Allen, who tallied 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, and one steal and were able to hold a potent Troy (8-2) offense below their season average of 82.8 points per game, but the Trojans proved why they belong near the top of several national statistical categories with a complete team win – highlighted by a big advantage in rebounds (53-31). Entering tonight, Troy ranked as the NCAA’s top rebounding team overall at 51.1 boards per game, as well as the nation’s top offensive rebounding unit at 23.0 per game.

“I was disappointed once again by our rebounding efforts,” said Ole Miss head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “I think that had a lot to do with why we didn’t have success tonight.”

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For Allen, it’s her fourth 20-point game of the season and her 11th in double-digits. Her season average now stands at 17.0 PPG, currently the sixth best in the SEC.

Other Rebels chipping in included Shandricka Sessom with nine points and six rebounds; Mimi Reid with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals; and La’Karis Salter with six points, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

Ole Miss now receives nine days off for the holidays before returning to The Pavilion to host North Florida on Dec. 28. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.