Ole Miss (12-18) hadn’t won since a 78-75 double-overtime triumph over Florida on Jan. 7. The Rebels next play Thursday against No. 14 Missouri, this tournament’s sixth seed.
The Rebels trailed 16-11 early in the second quarter before pulling ahead for good with a 21-3 spurt that lasted into the second half. Florida (11-19) had no baskets and just three points for a stretch of 8 minutes, 24 seconds.
Ole Miss won despite shooting just 27.8 percent (15 of 54). Florida had 20 turnovers and shot 28 percent (14 of 50).
Haley Lorenzen scored 14 points for Florida. Paulina Hersler had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Funda Nakkasoglu also had 11 points.
Ole Miss’ Shelby Gibson had 10 points in just 16 minutes before fouling out.