UM women's hoops rolls past SELA

Ole Miss invited school kids from all over the area to the coliseum for the season opener today, then treated them to a show that kept them cheering for two hours.

The Rebels got past Southeastern Louisiana 92-46 in the annual School Day game before an announced crowd of 3,592 with about 3,000 of them kids enjoying a day off from school.

"It didn't surprise me that we played well," said a pleased UM head coach Carol Ross. "Sometimes in the School Day game we get a little lost in what we're trying to do. It's hard to focus because the kids (in the stands) are so entertaining. But I thought today the crowd helped us, definitely energized us. These kids were a tremendous boost for us. There was so much energy in this building, and our team stayed positive and focused and kept things between the lines on the court."

Certainly Armintie Price did. The all-star senior guard scored 24 points in 25 minutes in leading her team to victory.

"My tempo is fast, and that's the only tempo I know," said Price of her 11-of-15 performance from the floor, along with 2-of-5 from the free throw line. "We love to get out and run. When we can do that, we're better. And defensively we love to create chaos out there, which we were able to do today. Just try to be active on both ends of the court."

Defensively the Rebels were very good. The Lions, picked to win their division in the Southland Conference, were behind 42-18 at halftime with only the final score in doubt.

The Lions made only nine field goals in the entire contest, shooting just 18 percent for the game.

"They did everything they wanted to do," said Lions' head coach Lori Davis Jones of Ole Miss' play, matter of factly.

Ole Miss shot 48 percent for the contest (38-of-80) along with 5-of-10 from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Rebs were 11-of-17.

Sophomore Shawn Goff was impressive in the opener. The 6-foot-3 center scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds, her first double-double in college.

"What Shawn did today is what we expect from her," Ross said. "She is a very good offensive and defensive post player. She had a number of putbacks on the offensive board. She had very good presence defensively in the paint. She fired out to the corner on defense several times and was very alert mentally making plays."

Other top Rebel scorers were freshman Bianca Thomas with 12 and senior Ashley Awkward with 10.

Tina Wilson had 11 and Brenita Williams 10 for SELA, 0-1 on the season.

The Ole Miss women (1-0) are back in action Tuesday night at UAB.

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