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Women’s Basketball Falls in Paradise Jam, Hosts TCU in SEC/Big 12 Challenge

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Crystal Allen is averaging 17.4 ppg every night on the court. Photo courtesy of Josh McCoy / Ole Miss Athletics.

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team returns home to take on the TCU Horned Frogs Thursday night in the Pavilion. Tip-off for this SEC/Big 12 Challenge is slated for 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Ole Miss (3-4) is coming off a tough road trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2018 Paradise Jam, as the Rebels ran into stiff competition in No. 2 UConn, Purdue and St. John’s.

UConn, coming off its 10th straight Final Four appearance, took game one over the Rebels, 90-50. Rebels Crystal Allen and Shannon Dozier both led Ole Miss with 11 points.

The Rebels and Boilermakers fought blow-for-blow in a lightning-quick first quarter, but Purdue stymied Ole Miss to just 2-of-12 in the second quarter and held off a late push by the Rebels for a 70-59 win. Allen again led the charge for the Rebels with 13 points.

On the final day, Ole Miss lost a 64-59 nail-biter to St. John’s, who just one night prior had become only the fourth team in the last five seasons to hold UConn to less than 70 points. The Rebels ripped off a 20-3 run to claw back from a 30-18 halftime deficit, but the Red Storm couldn’t miss from the free throw line, hitting 27-of-33 overall and 13-of-15 in the fourth quarter alone. Allen put together the best scoring output of her career scoring 26 points—23 of which came in the second half.

Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin’s squad is led on the floor by Allen, a guard, who has scored 122 points through the first seven games. She is averaging 17.4 ppg every night on the floor.

TCU rolls into Oxford with a 4-1 mark on the young season. The Horned Frogs split a pair of games at the San Diego State Thanksgiving Classic last week. TCU fell to BYU before rebounding with a 17-point victory over the host school San Diego State.

The Horned Frogs are led in scoring by Jordan Moore, who is averaging 15.6 ppg. Moore became the 18th player in TCU’s program history to reach 1,000 career points. She currently sits at 16th all-time with 1,038 points.

Ole Miss and TCU have matched up three previous times on the hardwood. Last time these two squads tipped off Ole Miss won 88-74 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Fans can watch the game on the SEC Network or listen to the call on the Ole Radio Network.

Adam Brown
Adam Brown
Sports Editor

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