By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
If the Ole Miss women’s basketball team can extend its SEC winning streak to five today it will be rewarded with a share of first place.
The Rebels, coming off Thursday’s 65-58 win over Mississippi State, take on No. 8 Georgia at noon at Stegeman Coliseum.
Ole Miss (13-5, 4-1) with a win would be guaranteed a share of the lead – and might own it alone – pending Tennessee’s outcome at LSU later today.
Winning at Georgia, however, will be a tall order.
“They’re playing better than anyone else in the conference,” said Ole Miss coach Renee Ladner, citing as evidence Georgia’s 53-50 win over Tennessee on Thursday. Georgia (18-1, 5-1) is 11-0 at home.
The Lady Bulldogs are led by senior guard Ashley Houts with 12.6 points a game.
Only two teams have scored more than 60 points against Georgia.
Ole Miss guard Bianca Thomas enters the weekend first in the SEC and eighth in the nation with 22.4 points per game. The Henderson, Tenn., has scored at least 20 points in 12 games this season and recently became the first Rebel in 14 years to put together a streak of five straight games with at least 20 points. Thomas also stands second in the SEC and fifth in the nation with 3.5 3-pointers per game.
Thomas was held to 15 points against MSU, but the Rebels had four other players in double-figures and won with defense, collecting 13 steals.