Early in the season, the men’s and women’s basketball teams were both defeated Thursday night, one at home and one on the road.
The Lady Ole Miss Rebels dropped a road game 98-69 to Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers handed the Rebels just their second loss on the season.
Freshman Kiara Golden led Ole Miss in scoring with a career-high 19 points in the game.
It was a tough shooting night for the Rebels who shot just 24.3 percent in the first frame. Ole Miss shot much better in the second frame, shooting 43.9 (18-of-41) percent, but they couldn’t over some Western Kentucky’s hot shooting as the home team shot 56.6 (30-of-53) percent for the contest.
Western Kentucky jumped out to a 11-6 lead behind five early points from Govan at the first media timeout and the home team kept the pedal on the gas, using a 24-2 run over a span of 7:30 to take a 33-8 lead a the 8:28 mark. The Rebels couldn’t get anything going offensively and turned the ball over seven times leading to 10 Western Kentucky points.
Golden provided a much needed spark of the bench late in the half, with four straight points, including Ole Miss’ first field goal in four minutes, allowing the Rebels to set up the press to try and get themselves back in the game. Joseph also drilled a timely 3-point field goal as Ole Miss dug in on defense to get back in the game.
On Sunday, the Lady Rebels host Baylor in the Tad Smith Coliseum with tipoff at 2 p.m.
Coach Andy Kennedy’s squad hosted the TCU Horned Frogs in part of the SEC vs. Big 12 challenge. The Rebels were led by Stefan Moody with 12 points in the game, but that was not enough to hand TCU there first loss as Ole Miss fell 66-54.
In the first half, the Rebels shot 25 precent from the floor. Ole Miss did out rebound TCU in the half.
Ole Miss (5-2) could not stop a 13 point run by the Horned Frogs in the second half.
The Rebels return to the court Saturday as they travel to Oregon.