Tough stretch

After starting the season with a 3-1 win-loss record, Bahamian coach Yolett ‘Coach Yo’ McPhee-McCuin and her Ole Miss Rebels women’s basketball team have lost four straight games.

The Grand Bahama native’s latest loss came Thursday night against TCU Horned Frogs at home when her Rebels lost 55-50 in heartbreaking fashion.

Playing behind for the entire first half after going down 29-17 at the half, the Rebels roared back in the third quarter.

They outscored the Horned Frogs 23-10 in the third quarter to take a 39-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Horned Frogs outscored them 16-10 to win the game 55-50.

Leading the way in this game was Shandricka Sessom with 19 points. She had help from Jhileiya Dunlap who chipped in with 10 points.

The Rebels’ leading scorer for the season, Crystal Allen, only scored eight points while shooting 2/15 from the field.

They had to play without starting point guard Mimi Reid who was out with a concussion.

“Tough one tonight, but I’m so proud of our young ladies. It seems like every time we make a step forward, then something happens to challenge us. Being experienced, I do understand that challenges like this will help us. There are a lot of things that we can build off of, a lot of things we can be proud of, especially with our point guard not being present today,” Coach Yo said.

She added that her team just had to settle down and play some defense to get back into the game.

Their losing streak started in the Paradise Jam against the ever formidable University of Connecticut in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on November 22. They were blown out 90-50.

Despite losing, there were some positives from the game such as the Rebels winning the fourth quarter 23-21 and only giving up a season low 10 turnovers in the entire game.

Allen and Shannon Dozier led the way for the Rebels with 11 points.

On November 23, the Rebels lost 70-59 to the Purdue Boilermakers.

After shooting 69.2 percent from the field in the first quarter for 19 points, the Rebels scored a meager five points in the second quarter. From there they lost a hold on the game.

They made a push to come back but fell short despite outscoring the Boilermakers 19-11 in the final quarter.

Allen scored 13 points in this one. She got help from La’Karis Salter who scored 11 points.

In the final day of the Paradise Jam on November 23, they played St. John’s Red Storm. This was their closest game of the tournament, but they fell 64-59.

They used a huge 20-3 second-half run to get back into the game, erasing a 19-point lead. They could not catch up with the Red Storm.

Allen led the way for the Rebels again scoring 23 of her season-high 26 points in the second half. Gabby Crawford and Jhileiya Dunlap scored nine points each to help Allen.

Earlier in the season, Coach Yo said her team is going to be tough and competitive this season. She also reiterated that she never said they were going to win games.

So far, with a 3-5 win-loss record, the Rebels have showed grit and toughness in the second half of their current four-game losing streak.

It will turn around at some point but for now, her team is all competition and showing mental toughness on the floor.

They resume play on Sunday, December 2 at 2 p.m. against conference counterpart Jacksonville State Gamecocks. They will play at home. This will be their second home game in a four-game home stand.


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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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