Freshman guard Marneshia Richard shined in the loss to Arkansas on Thursday. The Lamar, Miss. native tallied 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in her first conference game. She was followed by senior guard/forward Blessing Chekwa's 10 points garnered despite the fact she got stitches in her left thumb due to a collision in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs posted a higher field goal and free throw percentage than Arkansas but their 25 turnovers and 16 rebounding difference than the Lady Backs made it difficult to get back in the game.
The Lady Rebels (10-4, 0-1) lost their first home game on Thursday to Georgia, 84-70. Ole Miss went 10-3 in non-conference play and 6-0 at home. They are led by all-SEC player Armintie Price who is averaging 17.9 ppg and 10.7 rpg. Two other Lady Rebels are tallying double digits: Ashley Johnson with 11.8 ppg and Ashley Awkward with 10.2 ppg. UM went 19-11 last season and advanced to the NCAA First Round.
The two teams share three non-conference opponents this season in UAB, Louisiana Tech, Maine. While both teams defeated Maine and lost to Louisiana Tech, the Lady Rebels defeated UAB, 71-52, while the Lady Bulldogs fell to the Blazers, 73-59.
MSU will continue its road trek on Thursday, Jan. 12 when it faces Vanderbilt in Nashville at 7 p.m.