UM women's hoops team wins at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. – Armintie Price notched her 46th career double-double and tied the school's career steals record with 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals in leading Ole Miss (12-4, 1-0) to a 74-66 win at Auburn (13-4, 0-1) in the two team's SEC openers.

"Percentage wise Armintie did not have a great night," said Ole Miss head coach Carol Ross, who is tied with Price for the all-time steals record with 333 in her career. "But she made some big plays down the stretch and had a lot of help from her teammates. Shawn Goff and Ashley Awkward knocked down some big baskets to help us fend of that great run Auburn made."

The Tigers took an early 5-0 lead before the Rebels settled down and got on the board with two free throws by freshman guard Alliesha Easley. Easley then knocked down a jumper and Goff hit a lay-up to cut the lead to 7-6 just over four minutes into the game.

Another jumper by Easley pulled the Rebels back within one point at 14-13 and the two teams traded baskets before the Rebels went on a 10-0 run to pull out to a 26-16 advantage at the 5:11 mark in the first period. Price had six of her game-high points during the run and Ole Miss got a basket from Awkward and sophomore forward Brandi Tipton.

Easley tossed in five more points and Price added six as the Rebels took a 36-19 lead into the break, taking advantage of Auburn's leading scorer DeWanna Bonner sitting out over half of the first half with foul trouble.

The two teams traded baskets to open the second half before Auburn trimmed the lead to 11 off two foul shots by Sherell Hobbs with 17:32 remaining in the game. Ole Miss pushed the lead back to 17 on a jumper by Easley, but the Tigers would not go away.

Auburn finally got the lead under double digits with two more foul shots by Hobbs and trimmed it down to seven on a jumper by Whitney Boddie with 4:47 left to play. Tiger guard Joanna Clayden cashed in a three with 1:49 remaining in the contest to dip the lead to four points at 70-66, but they would be the last points the Tigers would score.

Freshman guard Shantell Black and Price each knocked down a pair of free throws in the waning moments to push the score the final of 74-66.

Goff finished with 14 points, 10 coming in the second half. She also had seven boards. Easley added 13 points, while Awkward had 10. Awkward also grabbed five boards and dished five assists.

The Rebels outrebounded the Tigers 41-36 in a battle of two of the top rebounding teams in the league, leading to a 20-8 advantage for Ole Miss in second chance points. The Rebel bench also outscored the Tigers 26-12.

Auburn was led by Tamela McCorvey who finished with 14 points after knocking down four three points baskets. Hobbs had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Bonner added 12 points and Jordan Greenleaf tossed in 10.

Ole Miss will return to Tad Smith Coliseum for a Sunday match-up with 11th-ranked Vanderbilt. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. (CT) with FSN South doing a live broadcast.

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