Three straight losses had put the Lady Rebels in a downward spiral they'd obviously been hoping to avoid after winning two straight games at home previously. Lady Rebel head coach Renee Ladner hopes her team can keep today's momentum going on a two-game road swing at Kentucky and South Carolina.
"A game like this can't do anything but make you feel better," Ladner said. "Our kids were feeling bad and were tired of losing. When you win by 30, you have to know you can go in and win anywhere, Kentucky, South Carolina, it doesn't matter."
The Lady Rebels jumped out in front early in this one, leading 21-8 on a Shawn Goff tipin. But the visitors closed the gap to 25-21 before the Lady Rebs moved out to a 33-23 advantage at halftime.
Ole Miss actually went on a 25-2 run, which began in the first half and spilled over into the second half, to put the game safely on course toward the win column.
As the second half moved on, Ole Miss rolled away from the Crimson Tide and was basically never challenged. The lead was its largest at 30 points on a Lindsay Roy jumper which made it 74-44 with 1:35 to go.
Ladner was happy with her team, especially on defense.
"Our offense is predicated off our defense," she said. "That is exactly who we are. We've been struggling in halfcourt. Today we were able to transition, force turnovers, and find success."
Carla Bartee led Ole Miss with 16 points, while Shantell Black had 11 and Goff 10.
"Coming out here and knowing we don't have much longer this season as the games are winding down, I felt a little urgency," said the senior, Bartee. "It was all about making good choices, and I did that today."
Bartee also led the Lady Rebels in rebounding with 10 boards.
For Alabama, only one player, Tierney Jenkins, scored in double figures as she had 10 points.
Ole Miss improved to 9-11 overall and 3-4 in Southeastern Conference play. Alabama fell to 8-14 and 1-6.
Tide rolled - Lady Rebs win 76-47
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