Lady Rebels fall to Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska senior center Danielle Page scored a career-high 27 points to lead four Cornhuskers in double figures as the Ole Miss women's basketball team dropped its season opener 80-59 at Nebraska Sunday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Center.

Guard Tay Hester scored 13 points, Yvonne Turner added 11 and Cory Montgomery tallied 10 to round out the Husker scorers in double figures.

Ole Miss sophomore guard Alliesha Easley and senior forward Carla Bartee each collected 13 points to lead the Lady Rebels. Sophomore guards Bianca Thomas and Shantell Black each registered 10 points apiece. In addition, Bartee pulled down both a game and career-high 11 rebounds as she was the only player in the game to collect double digit boards.

Nebraska shot 54.2 percent from the field for the game by scoring over 82 percent of its points by using a balanced attack of points in the paint and fast break points. The Huskers would finish the contest with 46 points in the paint and 20 fast break points. The Rebels, however, were able to match Nebraska by scoring 40 points in the paint, but the Cornhuskers used a 20-2 edge in fast break points to maintain a lead they built midway through the first half.

Nebraska jumped out to an early lead in the opening minutes of the game as the Cornhuskers began the contest with a 9-2 run capped by a jumper from Montgomery. Ole Miss, however, began to chip away at the lead by using a 14-7 run over the next five minutes to even the game at 16-16 following a bucket from Thomas.

After the Cornhuskers regained a 20-18 lead, Nebraska then held the Lady Rebels scoreless for the next four minutes to increase its lead to 33-18 as Page scored eight consecutive points for the homestanding Huskers.

Nebraska would go on to lead by as many as 20 points in the opening half before Ole Miss cut the lead to five at 45-30 heading into halftime. Bartee sliced through the lane and nailed a tough leaner to give the Lady Rebels some momentum prior to halftime.

Ole Miss continued its comeback in the second half and got within 11 points midway through the period, but Nebraska responded with an 8-0 run to up its lead back to 19.

Ole Miss returns to action Nov. 18 when the Lady Rebels host Louisiana-Lafayette at 2:00 p.m. from Tad Smith Coliseum in the team's home opener.

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