TASK GETS TOUGHER NOW
By Chris Burrows
OXFORD Ole Miss Lady Rebels coach Van Chancellor is going to do his best to keep his club and his truck on the right track. Going into tonight’s tipoff at 7 with No. 1 Georgia (18-2, 5-0), Chancellor is batting .500.
“On the morning of the Tennessee game, I was watching a John Wayne movie and got started a little late,” said Chancellor, recalling Sunday’s events. “I got my Jimmy (truck) sliding and I went down an embankment about 50 feet and had to walk the rest of the way to the coliseum.
“I was fine and really, it turned out to be a good thing because it took my mind off the game for a few minutes. So I’ve told everybody that the win was good for our team and my mental stability.”
Chancellor’s mental stability has gotten a serious workout since Sunday’s win over No. 3 Tennessee. Instead of celebrating, the task only gets tougher for the No. 20 Lady Rebels (15-5, 4-2).
“There is no such thing as a good time to catch the No. 1 team in the country. And let me tell you something, Georgia should be No. 1 in the nation,” Chancellor said. “They’ve beaten great clubs on the road and they’ve got three players that are legitimate SEC Player of the Year candidates.”
By contrast, the Lady Rebels feature 6-foot Yolanda Moore, who ranks among the SEC leaders in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (7.2). Guards Lisa Miller (10.5) and Regan Seybert (11.2) provide a blend of outside shooting and ability to drive to the basket.
“But Georgia gives us more matchup problems than Tennessee,” Chancellor said. “Honestly, they have a matchup edge in four of the five slots. They are the most athletic team, especially with their size, in the country.”
Can the Lady Rebels sustain the momentum?
“It depends which side of the bed we wake up on,” Chancellor said. “I’m hoping for a great crowd for our kids, because we can use all the help we can get.”