Lady Rebs Rip Exhibition Opponent

During the preseason, Ole Miss had penciled in frontcourt depth as a possible work in progress. The Rebels displayed Tuesday, that so far, the particular area is coming along nicely.

Ole Miss abused DT-3 on the boards and used an early lead to dominate its exhibition opponent 77-45 inside Tad Smith Coliseum in what is the Rebels first of two tune-ups for the 2008-2009 campaign. Christian Brothers visits Oxford Sunday.

The Rebels won the rebounding edge, 64-30, and put up a bevy of second chance points against the undersized and outmanned opponent. The entire roster saw action, and 11 different players got in for double-digit minutes. Harassing DT-3 from the opening tip, the visitors committed 22 turnovers, in part thanks to 15 Ole Miss steals.

"We have solid depth at all positions, and I was pleased with this first showing," Renee Ladner said. "The frontcourt played well, and the new girls showed flashes of what they are capable of. I wanted plus-10 on the rebounds, and we put up a big number. Either excellent fundamentals or lots of missed shots."

Both assessments were correct, as the Rebels struggled mightily from the field, finishing at just 35 percent from the floor and 25 percent from outside.

Elizabeth Robertson led the Rebels in scoring with 13, while four different players posted double figures, including three post players with newcomers Nikki Byrd and Katorra Lewis with 11 and Shawn Goff with 10. Bianca Thomas and Lewis totaled 11 and 10 rebounds respectively.

Another positive sign was Ole Miss' free shooting. Charity stripe scoring was mediocre at best in Ladner's first season, but the Rebels put in 16 of 24 attempts for a 67 percent clip.

Defensively, the Rebels limited DT-3 to just 30.9 percent shooting, and the exhibition team hit just 2-12 threes in the second half.

"We were active, and although there were some breakdowns, it was a good night to teach from," Ladner said. "Intensity and effort were very good."

The game was somewhat competitive early until Ole Miss put up a 14-0 run late in the first half to extend its lead to 30-11 at the 5:06 mark.

"The runs were big and something that is great to see because you always want the capability to make those kinds of runs," Ladner said. "Whether it is to get back in games or put them away, runs can't be underestimated."

Ole Miss defeated DT-3 by a score of 83-56 in the first exhibition game last season.

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