Lady Rebels visit Athens for league opener tonight
Fresh from an 82-54 win against Memphis on Monday, the Ole Miss Lady Rebels open Southeastern Conference play in Athens, Ga., tonight at 6 against the No. 16 Georgia Lady Bulldogs.
Ole Miss sophomore Armintie Price had 22 points and 13 rebounds against Memphis and continues to lead the Lady Rebels in both categories. Ole Miss (10-3) has won six straight since an 86-38 loss at No. 13 Texas Tech in which Price did not play.
Georgia (11-3) has opened SEC play already. The Lady Bulldogs defeated Arkansas 78-57 Dec. 30.
Georgia is led by 6-foot-3 freshman forward Tasha Humphrey, the current SEC player of the week, who is averaging 18.9 points and 8.4 rebounds.
A 90-79 double overtime win against Georgia was one of the marquee victories in Carol Ross’ first season as Ole Miss coach. The Lady Bulldogs avenged the loss later last year with a 79-62 win in Athens.
Ole Miss has won its last three SEC openers. The Lady Rebels defeated Ross’ former team, Florida, 79-72 in Oxford last year.
Lady Bulldogs seeking 10th straight win tonight
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs certainly have momentum going into Southeastern Conference play.
When MSU (10-2) plays at South Carolina at 6 p.m. today, on the line will be a nine-game winning streak.
Key to State’s success has been the play of Tupelo native Tan White, who surpassed the 2,000-point career mark in the win over Birmingham-Southern on Monday. The senior has now totaled 2,004 career points, becoming just the second Lady Bulldog to reach that milestone, joining LaToya Thomas (2,981 in 1999-03).
Defense has also been key for Mississippi State, which is holding its opponents to only 52.0 points per game. In nine of 12 games this season, the Lady Bulldogs have held their opponents to 59 or less points, going 8-1.
South Carolina (5-8) has lost two straight but owns a 5-4 home record. Sophomore guard Lauren Simms leads the team in scoring (14.4 ppg.).
The Lady Bulldogs lead the overall series 10-6, but the Gamecocks are 5-2 in Columbia.