Ole Miss beats Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Four players scored in double figures led by senior guard Armintie Price with 17 as Ole Miss improved to 17-6 on the season and 6-2 in Southeastern Conference play with a 72-64 win over Florida on Thursday evening.

"Well it wasn't pretty," said Ole Miss head coach Carol Ross. "It was a hard fought win, but any road win in the SEC is nice to pick up. It's a great way to start the month of February."

Florida jumped out to an early 5-0 lead off of a quick three by Kim Dye and a jumper from Sharielle Smith. Ole Miss freshman guard Alliesha Easley countered with a jumper and a three of her own to get the Rebels on the board. Florida scored four-straight points to open a 9-5 lead, but two baskets by senior forward Jada Mincy knotted the score at nine.

The two teams traded baskets, before the Rebels went on a 15-6 run to open up the largest lead of the half at 32-24, but Florida scored the last six points of the first period to trail by just two at the break.

Ole Miss opened the second period with two-straight baskets, before Florida trimmed thte lead back down to two at 36-34 with 17:54 remaining in the game. After trading baskets, the Rebels opened up a 14-point lead at the 10 minute mark on a free throw by Price.

Florida turned on the press at that point and scored 10-straight points to slice the deficit back down to four points with 5:15 left in the game. Price and senior guard Ashley Awkward combined for four quick points to give the Rebels an eight-point cushion and Ole Miss knocked down free throws down the stretch to keep the Gators at bay and collect the win.

Price recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 10 boards to go along with her 17 points. She also had five assists and three steals. Awkward tallied 16 points and four steals, while Easley finished with 12 and sophomore center Shawn Goff had 10 points. Mincy tied a career-high with 15 boards, including eight on the offensive glass.

Florida was led by Depree Bowden with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bowden also had 11 turnovers. Marshae Dotson had 14 points and 18 rebounds for the Gators.

Ole Miss will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 4 when they travel to Arkansas. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.

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