Lady Rebels Take Control Inside

FAYETTEVILLE -- Baffled by Ole Miss' size and defeated by the Lady Rebels' strength, the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks may have been prepared, but they weren't ready to tough it out in the paint.

The Lady'Backs were outrebounded 61-34 in Sunday's 75-52 loss against Ole Miss. They missed lay-ups, free throws and shot 29.5 percent (18 of 61) from the floor in what became two frustrating hours on the court at Bud Walton Arena.

"They are always physical. I'm sure they were physical with the guards too. But it wasn't anything we couldn't take control of," said sophomore 6-0 forward Danielle Allen, whose game Sunday personified the difficulties much of the Lady'Backs underwent.

Back on Jan. 9 when Arkansas first played the Lady Rebels in Oxford, Miss. (an 85-73 loss), Allen had a career day of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Sunday, Allen finished with nine points and nine rebounds and couldn't get over the hump, much like the Lady'Backs themselves.

With 1 minute, 36 seconds to play -- and the game already out of hand -- Allen scored on a lay-up and was fouled for a three-point play opportunity. She missed the free throw, and less than 15 seconds later she missed a layup which again would have jumped her above the 10-point barrier.

She fouled out with 1:15 to go.

Allen also spent a few minutes on the bench in the second half, thanks to minor back spasms after Ole Miss' Dee Forrest blocked her out for a rebound.

"I was blocked out by (Forrest), and she manhandled me and knocked by back out of whack," Allen said.

It was just one of those nights.

As a whole the Lady'Backs were 11 of 31 on shots 10 feet or less from the basket, many of which were layups or open jumpers.

"Sometimes you go into locker rooms and there are not a whole lot of X's and O's to change. I felt like we were getting open shots," Arkansas coach Susie Gardner said. "When you are missing shots there is not a whole lot you can do. You can't call a timeout and say, ‘Okay, ya'll. Let's hit these shots. There are some things as a coach you don't have control over. That is the tough part about this job."

At one point early in the first half, Ole Miss had a 20-7 edge over the Lady Razorbacks in rebounding. By halftime the difference was 34-16 --12-2 on the offensive glass and 22-14 on the defensive boards.

Arkansas was worn out by Ole Miss' Jada Mincy, who had 13 rebounds and Amber Watts, who posted a double-double of 21 points and 10 boards.

"You have to block them all out," Allen said. "If you don't block one of them out it all fails. Rebounding is obviously apparent to us. We can see it. It is not like we don't try to do it.

"But you think that, ‘My man is all the way at half court I don't have to block her out,' then she is the one to get the rebound. That is the way the ball bounced."

Allen was Arkansas' leading rebounder, followed by Rochelle Vaughn, a 5-9 guard, with six.

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