Mississippi knocks off Arkansas as Razorbacks fail to tie on late chances

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Valencia McFarland scored 21 points and hit two late free throws to seal the victory, and Mississippi upset Arkansas (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) 69-65 on Sunday.

Nikki Byrd scored to spark an 11-2 run late in the second half that gave Ole Miss a 63-56 lead. The Razorbacks pulled within 67-65 with 58.8 seconds remaining on Ashley Daniels' layup. Daniels had a chance to tie the game seconds later, but missed an open layup after a steal.

Arkansas (15-4, 3-4 SEC) had another chance to tie, but sophomore center Sarah Watkins missed a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds left. Watkins scored 21 points for the Razorbacks, who dropped back-to-back games for the first time all season.

McFarland made two foul shots with 2.7 seconds to go to clinch the win.

Ole Miss (9-9, 2-4) rallied from an early 14-2 deficit to snap a four-game losing streak. Kayla Melson scored 17 points for the Rebels, and Courtney Marbra had 12 points and 11 rebounds.