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.
espnW's Mechelle Voepel says it is alarming that women's basketball stands alone in the latest Notice of Allegations that North Carolina received from the NCAA and explains how the notice has impacted the Tar Heels' recruiting.