The Ole Miss Rebels dropped their sixth straight contest to 12th ranked Texas A&M 62-48 Monday night.
Ole Miss had problems scoring in the paint, as Texas A&M blocked eight shots, including five from Khaalia Hillsman. The problem was combatted with their inability to make three-points shots, as they went 2-20 from three-point land.
“Our goal when we come in is always to make a team shoot less than 20 percent from the three, which we did,” Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair said.
Ole Miss’ bright spots on the evening were their ability to rebound the basketball and the amount of turnovers they forced.
The Lady Aggies didn’t make a three-point basket on the night going 0-6 from down-town, but were able to have their way inside the arc as they shot over 40 percent from the field. The Aggies also posted a stellar percentage from the free throw line going 20-24 for 83.3 percent.
The Lady Rebels are now 10-15 on the season with six remaining games in the regular season plus the SEC tournament.
Ole Miss will get back into action this Sunday as they travel to Knoxville to take on perennial women’s hoops power Tennessee.
“When I get on the plane on Wednesday afternoon to go to Knoxville, I’m taking people that have that want-to with them. I’m going to find out who has that want-to in practice the next two days,” Insell said. “If you don’t have that want-to, and I don’t feel like you have it, you can’t get on that plane and go with us.”
The Lady Rebels next home action will be this Sunday as they take on arch-rival Mississippi State. Ole Miss lost 78-51 earlier this season as they took on the Lady Bulldogs in Starkville. Ole Miss is currently on a four game losing streak to the lady Bulldogs.
“We got embarrassed down there in Starkville,” Insell said. “If you’ve ever believed anything I’ve said, we’re going to play next Sunday at a high, high level.”
The Rebels have one of, if not the, youngest teams in the country. Insell believes the Rebels are going to find their way and will be a national story line next year.
“From this year to next year, knowing what our roster looks like, I’m excited about that, and that’s what keeps me going,” Insell said. “I think we’ve got one of the top three or four rosters in this league come next year.
The Pavilion continues to get rave reviews, even from the Rebels opponents as Blair was complimentary of the building.
“You’ve got the newest and the best arena right now in the conference and you should be very proud of it,” Blair said. “And you’ve got steak and shake.”