Sunday, February 28, 2021

Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Falls to Georgia

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

The Ole Miss Rebels fell to a red hot Georgia Bulldogs squad 73-57 on Sunday afternoon in Athens.

Ole Miss (7-4, 1-4 SEC) was led by Shakira Austin with 13 points, along with Valerie Nesbit who added 12 points. The Rebels’ Donnetta Johnson posted 10 points.

Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin’s squad shot 42% from the floor against the Bulldogs.

“First of all, I don’t want to take anything away from Joni (Taylor)’s program,” McPhee-McCuin said. “They’re a well-oiled machine. They’re mature, and you can see it when they play. I admire what she’s done, and hopefully, I can follow suit.”

Georgia (12-1, SEC) was led on the court by senior Jenna Staiti with 16 points and four blocks. Her teammate senior Gabby Connally added 13 points to the total score.

The Bulldogs shot 54% from the floor and 71% from beyond the arc. Georgia forced the Rebels to turn the ball over 20 times and scored 19 points.

“They beat us,” McPhee-McCuin said. “We’ve got to figure some things out with how to get my team to manage through this type of season. I’m not panicking at all… We’re just trying to find ourselves.”

Ole Miss returns to the friendly confines of the Pavilion on Sunday as they welcome in the Florida Gators. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. on SEC Network+.