NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Lady Rebels (15-12, 5-9) are looking to pick up their second win over Arkansas (13-14, 5-9) in as many games when Ole Miss and the Lady Razorbacks face off Thursday in the first game of the 2006 SEC Tournament. Ole Miss knocked off Arkansas, 85-78, in the regular season finale for both squads on Sunday. The game will tip-off at Noon in AllTel Arena with the winner set to play the No. 1 seed LSU on Friday.
Ole Miss is led on the season by junior All-SEC First Team member Armintie Price with 16.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Price is one of two players in the SEC averaging a double-double and has tallied 15 on the season.
Sophomore forward Carla Bartee has been Ole Miss' top player off the bench with 9.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per outing, although she has started four games on the season. Bartee has posted double figures in six of the last seven games.
Junior guard Ashley Awkward reclaimed her starting spot at the point in Ole Miss' outing versus Alabama. Awkward responded by tying a career-high with 18 points. She made 6-of-8 free throws in the final minutes to seal the win for Ole Miss.
Freshman center Shawn Goff has been coming on strong as of late. Goff, who has started the last two games, has averaged 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in the last five games. Goff has also tallied 13 blocks, seven steals and six assists in those five outings.
Senior guard Ashley Johnson is Ole Miss' other player in double figures with 10.6 per game. Johnson led Ole Miss against Kentucky last week with 22 points, tying a season-high. Johnson made 9-of-12 shots from the field against UK, including going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. After suffering through a mid-season slump, Johnson has regained her form and is averaging 13.3 points over the last four games.
Under the direction of third-year head coach Carol Ross, the Lady Rebels are 50-36. Ross, who played at Ole Miss from 1979-82, earned SEC Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2004 after guiding Ole Miss back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight seasons.
Arkansas enters Thursday's game with a 13-14 overall mark and an 5-9 record in SEC games. The Lady `Backs have dropped eight-straight games after opening SEC play with a 5-1 mark.
Junior Leslie Howard ranks second in scoring with 10.9 points per game, while senior Rochelle Vaughn drops in 9.3 per outing. Junior Dominique Washington poured in a career-high 37 points in Sunday's game, knocking down 7-of-14 from beyond the arc and all six of her free throws.
Senior Kristin Moore is the team leader in rebounding with 5.1, while sophomore Brittany Vaughn is the assist leader with 115. She also leads in steals with 42.
Arkansas head coach Susie Gardner is 46-40 in her third season with the Lady Razorbacks. Gardner is 158-132 in her 10th season overall.
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