Lady Rebs roll in exhibition

DT-3 achieved one tie with Ole Miss after the tip, but Shawn Goff responded to make the level score short-lived. Afterward, Goff dashed any hopes of the exhibition upset as well.

The junior posted a double-double and controlled the paint as Ole Miss turned back DT-3 83-56 on the opening night of the season and Renee Ladner's first game as head coach. Sporting new uniforms, the Rebels held their opponents to 31 percent shooting and posted an impressive 67 rebounds.

"I feel very happy to have that one behind us," Ladner said. I think we played well and had some bright spots. The problems other there are things we can correct."

Goff paced Ole Miss with a game-high 21 points and tied Carla Bartee for the team-lead with 10 rebounds. DT-3 tied the contest early at four, but Goff picked up an Alliesha Easley miss and went back up for the bucket while being fouled. Adding a free throw seconds later, the Rebels had the lead and were off and running.

"I feel good about the night but didn't realize it was that good," Goff said. "It is surprising when you look at it. When I rebound good, I am happy with that."

Defense was the hallmark of Ole Miss' Elite Eight run last year, and that same type of effort paced the successful showing Sunday. The Rebels forced 31 turnovers and achieved 11 steals and six blocks.

Following taking the lead on Goff's 3-point play, Ole Miss began a 20-7 run and led 27-11 halfway through the first period. Playing with only eight players, DT-3 grew tired and fell out of contention in the second half. With the Lady Rebels still holding on to a six-point lead minutes into the second stanza; Ole Miss erupted for a 13-2 run to stretch its lead to 17 points at 56-39 following a layup from Goff. DT-3 was eventually outscored in the second half 44-23.

Bianca Thomas followed Goff with 12 points, including three makes from behind the arc, while Shantell Black was effective as the starting point guard with 10 points, seven assists and four steals. The sophomore only allowed two turnovers.

"They (Ole Miss) have solid guard play, and I like their leadership," DT-3 head coach Derek Stewart said. "Black is a good leader and does a good job of getting them in the offense their coach wants."

Trouble was evident in some cases, as the Rebels suffered though 23 turnovers of their own and shot only 48 percent (12-25) from the charity stripe.

"We were definitely sloppy at times," Ladner said. "Having a turnover forced against you is one thing, but don't give one away. Some of that will come with time, but it wasn't pretty at points."

Former Memphis Tiger Victoria Crawford led the visitors with 15 points. DT-3 was a dismal 2-20 from three-point range.

Ole Miss returns to action Thursday at 7 p.m. against the OGBR Legends for its final exhibition contest. . The regular season begins Nov. 11 at Nebraska.

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