The red-hot Ole Miss women’s basketball team returns to the court today against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Ole Miss owns a 16-2 record and is 5-0 through his first five SEC contests. Alabama (13-4, 2-2 SEC) is a three-point shooting dynamo that presents the Rebels with one of their toughest tests yet.
Ole Miss won in Georgia (66-58) on Thursday to improve to 5-0 in the SEC game for their best start in conference action in 15 years. It was the first win in Athens for the program since 2010 and only the second in Ole Miss history. That year, 2007, Ole Miss won 24 games and made the Elite Eight.
Against Georgia, Angel Baker lost her fifth 20-point game of the season, followed by Madison Scott and Myah Taylor’s best nights of the season. Scott added 18 points and had a career-high five assists. Taylor dished out a season-best eight assists and a season-high 11 points.
The Rebels also picked up their third straight SEC road win. It’s the first time Ole Miss has started 3-0 away in the conference and the first time the Rebels have won consecutive away games against SEC opponents since 1991-92.
The correlation between Rebel wins and rebounds is evident as all 16 Ole Miss wins have come while passing their opponent. Through five SEC games, Ole Miss has outplayed his opponents by an average of +7.4 boards per game.
In the first five games of conference play, Madison Scott ranks first in the SEC, losing 0.646 percent of her shots. During the season, Scott leads the Rebels in field goal percentage with .556. Scott went 5-of-7 off the field against Auburn for 13 points, 7-of-10 at Mississippi State for 15 points, and 8-of-11 against Vanderbilt for 17 points. The junior shot 0.486 percent from the field in 32 games last season.
Ole Miss have started the 2022/23 season 10-0 at home, making it their best start at Oxford since the 2016/17 season. The only rebel losses came against Utah in the Bahamas and Oklahoma. Both teams were nationally ranked at the time.
Alabama, meanwhile, earns a 31-point win (88-57) at rival Auburn.
However, it is the Tide that holds the higher rating in the all-important NCAA Women’s NET ranking. Alabama is number 18 on Sunday while Ole Miss is number 28.
After an appearance in the WNIT semifinals last season, the Crimson Tide brought all five starters back into the 2022-23 season. After 17 games, Alabama is 13-4 and 2-2 in conference play. One of the most dangerous teams in the country to shoot the three, Alabama currently leads the SEC with a .387 clip. Ranked 26th in the nation in triples is preseason All-SEC second-team member Brittany Davis, who reaches 44 this year. Jada Rice was on her feet, finishing second in the conference and fifth nationally with 2.47 rejections per game
HOW TO SEE/HEAR
Tip-Off: 4pm CT, The SJB Pavilion, Oxford
TV/Online: SEC network
Game after game: Sam Gore
Analyst: Tamika Catchings
Radio: Ole Miss Radio Network
Train station: 105.1 FM
game by game: Graham Doty