UM women's hoops tops Rhode Island

The Ole Miss Lady Rebels' (3-1) basketball team showed no ill-effects from their double overtime loss Friday night at Rice as they jumped out to an early lead this afternoon before a small crowd of 562, and won going away over Rhode Island 94-49.

The Lady Rebels used an attacking offense to score 48 points in the paint while limiting the Lady Rams (0-4) to just 14. Lady Rebels' coach Carol Ross had the Lady Rebels running as they scored 29 points off Rhode Island turnovers and 22 points on second chance opportunities.

Armintie Price bounced back from her season low performance at Rice (9 points) to lead the Lady Rebels in scoring with 18 points, 15 of those coming in the first half. Price finished with six rebounds, four assists, one turnover, one foul and one steal in 21 minutes of play. Freshman Alliesha Easley of Cordova, Tn., was the only other Lady Rebel to have double figures, finishing with 13 points. Coach Ross said of Easley, "she plays hard, will attack the basket, plays with confidence, toughness and can provide rebounding support from the guard position."

Rhode Island could never get going offensively as the Lady Rebels used a variety of defenses both zone and man to disrupt the Lady Rams offense. By halftime, Rhode Island had turned the ball over 13 times and trailed the Lady Rebels 50-23. Coach Ross opened the game with Price, Easley, Jada Mincy, Danetra Forrest and Ashley Awkward. The game was so well in-hand that only three starters logged over 20 minutes of playing time during the course of the game. This allowed Ross to experiment with a wide combination of players on the court.

Carol Ross said in the post-game, "The big thing about this game was really how would we respond to a loss. I wanted to know and they needed to find out for themselves how they would respond to getting knocked down (at Rice). Would they jump back up and fight? I think that question got answered early and got answered consistently throughout the course of the game."

Thirteen Lady Rebel players logged playing time in this lopsided victory. Only Brandi Tipton didn't play due to an earlier injury but she said afterwards that she hopes to return by the December 2nd game versus Illinois here in Oxford. The scoring was balanced behind Price and Easley. Forrest, Shawn Goff and Daphnee Frieson finished with nine points each while Elizabeth Robertson and Bianca Thomas each had seven points. Jada Mincy finished with six points. Tasi Worsham had five points while Carla Bartee and Ashley Awkward each had four. Lindsey Roy hit one three-pointers and freshman Shantell Black failed to score.

Price, Mincy, Bartee and Goff finished with six rebounds each as the as the Lady Rebels out-rebounded the Lady Rams 51-23. All the points in the paint pushed the Lady Rebels shooting to 51.5% for the game and 70.4% at the free-throw line.

The Lady Rebels are back in action Tuesday night at Tad Smith as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff for a 7:00 P.M. tipoff before heading to the Bahamas for a Thanksgiving tournament.

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