Strong Fourth Quarter Propels Ole Miss to Victory
Nov. 26, 2016
Madinah Muhammad (Chicago, Ill.) had a career night with 22 points, while Torri Lewis (Olive Branch, Miss.) was also in double figures with 10 points. Freshman Kate Rodgers (Birmingham, Ala.) led the way on the glass with a team-best eight rebounds in just 13 minutes of action - all coming in the second half.
The Rebels, who outscored Wisconsin, 21-9, in the second quarter started slow in the third quarter and had the Badgers in the bonus early in the quarter as Wisconsin used five unanswered to open the quarter but a triple from Lewis stopped the momentum. Although the Rebels shot just 9.1 percent in the third stanza (1-of-11), they were able to keep the Badgers from cutting too much into the lead by being excellent on the defensive end.
Ole Miss (5-0) was able to keep the lead and used the fourth quarter to pull away. Ole Miss used four early fast break points from Muhammad and Erika Sisk (Oxford, Miss.) forcing Wisconsin to take a timeout just 1:30 into the fourth quarter, while going to work on the offensive end, outscoring the Badgers, 20-6 en route to fifth straight win. Rodgers was a huge spark off the bench with eight rebounds in the fourth quarter.
The Ole Miss defense was again on display holding the Badgers to just 23.3 percent shooting (10-of-43) for the game, while forcing 31 turnovers, which led to 41 points for Ole Miss. Wisconsin became the fourth Ole Miss opponent that failed to reach 50 points this season.
Ole Miss used the momentum from the end of the first quarter and translated it to an 8-0 run counting Alston's free throws at the end of the first quarter. The Rebels scored 11 unanswered points to open the second quarter highlighted by 13 second-quarter points from Muhammad. The Rebels really clamped down on defense and forced the Badgers into 15 first half turnovers, leading to 23 Ole Miss points.
The first quarter was a quick one as both teams got up and down the floor and aside from an early 7-4 lead for Ole Miss courtesy of a triple from Muhammad, the score was never more than a possession throughout the first quarter. Freshman Shelby Gibson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) provided a spark off the bench with a steal, which resulted in an old-fashioned three-point play, which kept the lead with Ole Miss. The game was tight but the Rebels were able to gain some momentum at the end of the quarter with three straight free throws from Alissa Alston (New Haven, Conn.) to take a 20-18 lead.
From The Head Coach
On Kate Rodgers being ready ...
On the difference in the third and fourth quarters ...
On numerous players stepping up through out the game ...
-Erika Sisk moves eight points way from her 1,000th career point.
-Olympian Ruthie Bolton came to support the Rebels in Las Vegas. Earlier this season, Bolton spoke to the team about "flexing their muscles"
-Ole Miss has held an opponent to single digits in nine of its 20 quarters of basketball this season.
-Alissa Alston tied her career-high with six free throws. She was 6-of-7 from the line.
-Madinah Muhammad set a new career high with 22 points. She joins Shandricka Sessom as 20 points scorers for Ole Miss this season.
-Taylor Manuel set a new career high with four steals
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