Bartee's double-double leads Lady Rebs to win

The Ole Miss Lady Rebels warmed up for a trip to California with a 73-57 win against Alabama A&M at the Tad Pad Tuesday night.

Behind Carla Bartee's double-double, the third of her career, Ole Miss built a 37-23 lead at halftime and expanded that to as many as 23 points late in the contest.

Bartee said she was pleased to help her team win again as the Lady Rebs moved to 2-1 on the young season.

"I'm a power forward, so double doubles are great," said the senior from Waynesboro, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds, along with three assists and a steal. "If I keep getting them and helping this team out, then that's good."

UM head coach Renee Ladner said Bartee continues to improve and help this team.

"She can score, she can rebound, and she is strong," Ladner said. "As a senior, this is her last big run. It appears that each game she is trying really hard to get better."

Bartee was joined as the team's top scorer on this night by sophomore Shantell Black, who also scored 15 points and who had seven assists and five steals.

"I actually let the game come to me. I don't pay attention to the scoring," the Lawrenceville, Ga., product said. "If I see the opening then I'm going to go for it. But I really try to contribute to my teammates and let them score. And I try to get everybody open and set myself up as well."

Also scoring in double figures for Ole Miss was Shawn Goff with 10 points.

The win was Ole Miss' 45th consecutive victory over a SWAC opponent in women's basketball. The last time Ole Miss lost to a team from the SWAC was a 70-66 setback at Jackson State Jan. 12, 1980.

Alabama A&M head coach Altherias Warmley said her team wasn't able to continue some early hot play and fell behind as the game progressed.

"I thought early in the game we were able to stay in it by knocking down some shots," she said. "They continued to play zone. We went cold, and once you do that they are going to stay in it, which they did. Ole Miss played hard and they were very aggressive under the basket. They got easy baskets off of put backs, and I think that was really the difference."

The Bulldogs, now 0-2 on the season, were led in scoring by Katrich Williams with 14 and Rebekkah Barnes with 11.

Ole Miss plays in the Pepperdine tournament Friday and Saturday in Malibu, Calif. Other teams in the field are host Pepperdine, Wisconsin, and Texas-Arlington.

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