SEC women: Ole Miss, State women still eyeing NCAA berths

By NEMS Daily Journal

– The Ole Miss women’s basketball team looks to defeat its fourth ranked opponent of the season when the Rebels welcome No. 20 Vanderbilt at 1 p.m., today at Tad Smith Coliseum.
It was Thursday’s loss to an unranked opponent, however, that dealt a serious blow to postseason hopes for the Rebels.
Elizaberth Robertson scored 20 points, but Arkansas won 67-59 to drop Ole Miss (15-11, 6-7 SEC), once 5-1 against the league, to sub-.500 in conference play.
Robertson hit six 3-pointers and had seven rebounds.
Vanderbilt enters 18-8 overall, 7-6 in the SEC. The Commodores, however, have lost two of their last three games and are coming off a 55-39 setback Thursday night against LSU in Baton Rouge, marking a season low in points scored.
Vanderbilt defeated Ole Miss 86-72 in the SEC opener in Nashville Jan. 3.
Individually, the Commodores are led on offense by the 14.5 points per game of senior guard Merideth Marsh, which ranks her eighth in the SEC. Junior guard Jence Rhoads stands 10th in the league with 13.5 points per game and is second in the conference with 5.1 assists per game.

Auburn at Mississippi State
– The Lady Bulldogs can continue their push to the NCAA tournament with a win against struggling Auburn (12-14, 3-10 SEC) at 2 p.m., on Senior Day at Humphrey Coliseum.
MSU (17-9, 8-5 SEC) is in sole possession of third place in the SEC.
The Bulldogs are expected to have point guard Alexis Rack, who did not play in last Sunday’s 74-53 win over Ole Miss.
Rack leads MSU and is second in the SEC in scoring at 19 points a game.
Junior guard Alli Smalley leads Auburn with 15 points a game.
The Tigers are last in the SEC in scoring offense.