Reckless Rebels down Arkansas - Pine Bluff

Cheered on by the piercing screams of school children, the Ole Miss women's basketball team stayed unbeaten at home Monday during the fifth annual School Day game.

A season-high attendance of 2,617 consisting of mostly area elementary school kids watched the Rebels (4-3) jump out early and coast to a 73-64 victory over Arkansas Pine-Bluff (1-6). Ole Miss struggled with ball control and conceded 30 turnovers but held the Lady Golden Lions to 35 percent shooting for the win.

Carla Bartee succeeded inside and outside for a game-high 18 points, while Shawn Goff and Elizabeth Robertson chipped in 12 and 10 respectively.

"Bartee has to put points on the board for us to be successful," Renee Ladner said. "The start doesn't surprise me, but I just wasn't happy with anything. If we play like that in January and February, we might as well stay at home."

The School Day game usually benefits Ole Miss with the crowd size and enthusiasm, but Ladner didn't see any of that with her team. The players were unsure on what caused the lapse.

"It is really something you should feed off, but we were unable to," Shawn Goff said. "You are playing for the fans and their enjoyment. It is all about playing for 40 minutes. We are struggling with that right now."

When Ole Miss was able to secure the ball, the Rebels shot 55 percent from the field and more than 50 percent from 3-point range. Ole Miss' largest lead was a 20-point cushion at the 5-minute mark of the first half, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff trimmed it to ten on several occasions before getting as close as nine for the final tally.

The Rebels return to action Thursday night at Penn State.

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