The Ole Miss Lady Rebels come home to take part in a two-game home stand against the Auburn Tigers on Thursday and No. 15 ranked Texas A&M on Sunday.
The Lady Rebels have endured a gauntlet of opponents as late. Four of the Rebels’ last six opponents played have been ranked in the top 25. As a result, Ole Miss has gone 1-4 against those opponents. The lone win coming against then No. 9 ranked Kentucky Wildcats.
Five of the next six opponents are ranked in the top 25, as well.
In the last contest against Georgia, Ole Miss lost 70-56. Madinah Muhammad scored 15 points and freshman Jonell Williams scored eight points to lead the Rebels.
It wasn’t enough though; they were woeful again from the field, only shooting 35.5 percent.
It has been the issue plaguing the Lady Rebels all year and more importantly, in conference play. They struggle shooting the ball. Against league opponents, Ole Miss is last in the SEC in field goal percentage at 33 percent and next to last in points per game at 56 points per game.
Women’s head coach Matt Insell said most of the shots Ole Miss takes are open shots and the missed shots do not reflect effort.
“We got a lot of great looks,” Insell said. “We didn’t make enough shots to win the game. I hurt for our players because they played really, really hard”
Ole Miss looks to amend those woes as Auburn comes to Oxford Thursday night.
The Lady Tigers have won the last four out of their last five games and are coming off a 59-55 win over archrival Alabama.
The Tigers are led by a trio of players. Junior guard Brandy Montgomery comes in scoring at 15.4 points per game. Senior forward/center Tra’cee Tanner scores 12.6 points per game and pulls down 7.4 rebounds per game and junior forward Katie Frierking scores at 12.2 at clip.
On Sunday, the Lady Rebels welcome in No. 15 ranked Texas A&M Aggies (16-7; 6-4 SEC). The last time the two teams played, The Lady Aggies took down the Lady Rebels 81-58.
The Lady Aggies are coming off a win over No. 23 Tennessee by a score of 75-71 after having lost two straight games.
The Aggies are led in scoring by senior guard Courtney Walker at 18.7 points per game and in rebounding at 5.6 rebounds per game. Coming in behind her is senior forward Courtney Williams at 11.7 points per game, and Jordan Jones leads the Lady Aggies in assists averaging 5.3 per game.