By Parrish Alford
OXFORD – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team is still looking for its first SEC win under new coach Matt Insell.
After closing non-conference play on a high note, the Rebels have dropped their first three in the league including a 93-79 loss at Alabama last Sunday.
Ole Miss (9-8, 0-3 SEC) is back home tonight for a 6 p.m., tip against No. 24 Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-1 SEC), which is coming off a 74-63 win over then-No. 8 Tennessee.
“We’re in a good place. We’re not happy to be 0-3, but we’re not hiding behind it,” Insell said. “We’re as confident as we were before starting SEC play. When we get better at executing and show more toughness defensively we’ll have a chance to win games.”
Insell said he sees the toughness he hopes his players can achieve in Vanderbilt point guard Jasmine Lister, who had 22 points and five assists against Tennessee.
Ole Miss went into the SEC season having won eight of its previous nine. The loss in that span was an 87-80 decision at then No. 9 Baylor.
“I told our team that’s the only game that we’ve played all 12 together and believed in the process,” Insell said. “We need to find what we were doing as a group and bottle that up. Then we’ll have a chance to get some wins in some big games.”