OXFORD, Miss.— LaTosha Laws scored a game-high 17 points to help the Ole Miss women’s basketball team to a 69-64 win in Friday’s season opener against Jackson State.
Freshman Pa’Sonna Hope scored 14 points with seven rebounds in her Rebel debut, while fellow freshman Shae Nelson added 11 points. With the win Ole Miss improved to 1-0 on the year while Jackson State fell to 0-1.
Ole Miss went on a 9-0 run to bring the score to 9-3 early in the first half. Kenyotta Jenkins hit a three pointer with 10:17 left in the first half to put the Rebels on top 24-14.
Jackson State pulled to within seven, 35-28, with 5:24 left in the half. Nelson hit a three for the Rebels with 4:37 remaining in the half to put Ole Miss up nine, 39-28. The Rebels took a 48-37 lead at the half.
Hope led Ole Miss with 12 points at the half and a team-high six rebounds. The Rebels shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the floor in the first half while the Tigers shot 50 percent (13-of-26).
Jackson State cut the lead to four, 50-46, with 15:32 left in the game. Kayla Melson’s free throws with 12:47 remaining pushed Ole Miss’ lead back to eight, 54-46. Jackson State cut the lead to three, 61-58, with 6:30 to play.
Jackson State stole an Ole Miss inbounds pass and scored with 1:54 left to cut the lead to 65-63. Nelson put the Rebels back up 67-63 with a one-handed put back off a rebound with 58 seconds to play as Ole Miss posted the 69-64 win.
“I commend Jackson State. They outhustled and outplayed us and somehow we were able to end up with more points at the end of the game,” head coach Renee Ladner.
Ole Miss will play Sam Houston State tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the championship game of the Inn at Ole Miss Classic while SEMO will take on Jackson State at 1 p.m. In Friday's 1 p.m. game, Sam Houston State beat SEMO, 60-51.
From a 2-10 season, when many players from this year's senior class were freshmen, to perhaps the program's seventh 10-win season in program history, Ole Miss has climbed the ladder to national relevance, and a matchup with No. 6 TCU... read more
Largest CHRISTMAS party I have attended. Ole Miss entire travel party @CFAPeachBowl. Love every minute of it! FAMILY pic.twitter.com/4BZmGiEauD-- Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) December 26, 2014 The Ole Miss football team arrived in Atlanta on Christmas Day, holding their first team... read more
Favorite Plays of the Year Senquez Golson's Game-Saving Interception vs. Alabama On one of the biggest weekends in Ole Miss football history, Senquez Golson turned in one of the biggest plays in Ole Miss football history, as he picked off... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Dec. 15-21, 2014 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss overcame a 17-point deficit to knock off Coastal Carolina 71-68 Thursday night. - Senior LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points including a career-best 6 3-pointers... read more
The students were off for the first week of winter break, but Observations from the Best Seat in the House presses on, as the football team moves closer to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the men's and women's basketball teams... read more
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games. Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more
Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more
Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more
With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more
While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more