LADY REBELS LOSE TO NO. 1 GA.
By Chris Burrows
OXFORD Scoring only one basket in the final nine-plus minutes, the Ole Miss Lady Rebels watched a golden opportunity for an upset of No. 1 Georgia slip away.
The Lady Bulldogs (19-2, 7-0) rallied to edge Van Chancellor’s ladies 90-85 Wednesday night before 2,474 in Tad Smith Coliseum.
“Our kids gave everything humanly possible they could give,” said Chancellor, whose No. 17 club came within a minute of upsetting the nation’s No. 3 (Tennessee) and No. 1 team in a four-day period.
“Georgia wore us down; hammered us on the boards in the second half. They also shot 62 percent. I’m amazed out kids still had a chance to win it at the end.”
Ole Miss (15-6, 4-3), previously unbeaten in nine home games, compensated by drilling 11-of-20 shots from 3-point range and having fewer turnovers than Georgia.
On the scoreboard, it translated into first half leads of 34-24 and 49-38. However, Georgia’s torrid shooting and a 21-11 rebounding edge in the second half kept Ole Miss from putting it away.
“They stepped up their defense in the second half,” said guard Regan Seybert, one of four Lady Rebels in double figures. “You’ve got to give them a lot of credit.”
Georgia finally regained the advantage with a 7-0 spurt with three minutes remaining, taking an 86-81 lead. Ole Miss never got closer than three points, with ball possession, again.
“Our defense was dynamite,” Georgia coach Andy Landers said. “But it had to be. Mississippi is a great club and it took a great game and effort on our part to get it.”
The Lady Bulldogs got 25 and 23 points from 6-foot-3 Tracy Henderson and La’Keisha Frett, respectively. The pair also combined for a game-high nine and eight rebounds, respectively.
Ole Miss got 23 points from Yolanda Moore, whose consistency inside opened up the perimeter shooting. Seybert hit for 19 points, while Lisa Miller and Dorianne Johnson had 17 and 10, respectively.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t proud of this club, even with the loss,” Chancellor said. “Within four days we beat the No. 3 team in the nation and nearly beat No. 1. I think that says a lot about us.”