Mere minutes after the opening tip, Memphis coach Melissa McFerrin turned her back to the floor and threw both hands up in disgust. Anyone in attendance probably couldn't blame her for not wanting to watch.
Ole Miss (4-0) opened up its home season in style Friday by staying undefeated on the young season and blitzing the Tigers from the opening tip to coast to a 84-63 victory.
The Rebels ran Memphis (2-2) out of Tad Smith Coliseum with a combination of fast break points and contributions from players off the bench.
Thirteen different players saw action, leading to 46 bench points. Ole Miss used its athleticism to register 19 fast break points and 28 points off 24 Memphis turnovers.
The Tigers were sluggish at the tip and out of the contest before finally regrouping. It took less than four minutes for Ole Miss to establish a double-digit advantage at 10-0 and 10 more minutes to push the edge to 20 at 29-9. The Rebels led by as many as 29 in the second half.
"I was really happy with our start, and we transitioned well," Renee Ladner said. "We got a little sloppy with turnovers (27) but the effort was there, and we got good minutes for a lot of different players."
Cordova, Tenn., native Alliesha Easley led four Rebels in double figures with 15 points on 6-12 shooting. Katorra Lewis chipped in 13 points on a perfect night from both the floor (4-4) and the free throw line (4-4), and Bianca Thomas and Elizabeth Robertson finished with 12 and 10 points respectively.
It was a big night for Easley, who is finally finding a post-injury rhythm. The sophomore missed all of last season with an ACL injury.
"It still feels weird to be out there sometimes, but tonight was the start of getting more comfortable," Easley said."
On the night, Ole Miss shot 50 percent from the field and 47 percent from outside the arc. The Rebels hit 16-of-24 from the charity stripe for a 67 percent clip.
Shantell Black distributed the basketball and finished with a career-high 10 assists from her point position.
Memphis' Paris Leonard put up a game-high 24 points, followed by Ramses Lonlack with 11. Ole Miss out-rebounded the Tigers 46-34 and held the visitors to 35 percent shooting.
Leonard hit back-to-back 3's to get Memphis within 20 points for the first time with 3:07 left, but the Rebels closed with seven of the game's final nine points.
Ole Miss returns to action Monday against Alcorn State in Oxford.
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