The Rebels and Bears were tied 5-5 before Ole Miss scored 15 straight points to lead 20-5. By halftime this one was done as the Rebels led 60-25, and only the final score remained in doubt.
"It's always good to win. It's always good to continue a winning streak at home. And it's always good to have a game where everybody can play," said fourth-year UM head coach Carol Ross, her team now 8-3 on the season, a perfect 6-0 on the Tad Smith Coliseum court. "All those things happened, so it was a good day at the office."
If the Rebels played well, this one wasn't going to be close. Even Ross admitted as such.
"This was clearly a case of a team being overmatched," she said. "We knew we were better than them, and that's just the way it was. We wanted to try to take strides to improve as we head toward league play. Our shot selection hasn't been great all year long. We wanted to take better shots and improve in that area. If we have a good shot, take it, and if somebody else has a better one, give it to them. By us doing that, our assists went up."
The Rebels had 28 assists in the contest and only 14 turnovers. They had seven blocks and 15 steals.
The Rebels got 14 players into the game, and all of them but one had double-digit minutes. Armintie Price led the way with 22 points, followed by Shawn Goff and Carla Bartee with 12 each and Shantell Black and Alliesha Easley with 11 apiece.
"I didn't think the bench played well in the first half, but in the second half they came back and had good minutes," Ross said. "It was a total team effort today, from No. 1 through No. 14."
Caronica Randle led UCA with 17 points. The Bears are now 5-5 on the season.
"I was pleased with our second half," said UCA head coach Checola Seals-Horton. "Our kids came out and showed some pride and kind of got over the wow factor. That was a big issue the first half. We were making turnovers and not catching passes cleanly. One of our point guards had 11 turnovers (in the game; UCA had 30 turnovers total). That's not normal. So we finally settled down and played better."
Ole Miss shot 50 percent from the floor and outrebounded Central Arkansas 52-42 overall.
Ole Miss hosts Miami (Fla.) at 1 p.m. Thursday. Admission to all fans is free. The game was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. but was changed to accommodate the Hurricanes' travel plans.