Oct. 23, 2013
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team is just a little over two weeks away from the start of the Matt Insell era. The squad has spent quite a bit of time working on their up-tempo offense as well as becoming a better defensive team. This weekend is Homecoming and the Ole Miss men’s and women’s basketball teams will take part with the second annual Square Jam on Friday starting at 6:30 p.m.
Square Jam 2013
Make sure you’ve got Oct. 25th marked on your schedule for Square Jam 2013. The event will take place on the Square starting at 6:30 p.m., and will serve as the official kick off of the 2013-14 basketball seasons. There will be a game of knockout, a three-point shooting contest, dunk contest and lots of other surprises, including our very own head coach Matt Insell serving as a judge for the slam dunk contest. We’ll see you at the Square. #1MISSion
Square Jam Stories
Blog: Behind the Scenes at Square Jam
Square Jam 2012 Time Lapse Video
Former Ole Miss Player and Head Coach Carol Ross to Be Inducted into Ole Miss Alumni Hall of Fame
Homecoming weekend will also be a big weekend for former Rebel great Carol Ross, who will be one of seven inductees into the University’s Hall of Fame.
Ross, who was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, is currently the head coach of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and previously served as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Dream, helping them to back-to-back WNBA Finals appearances in 2010 and 2011.
A four-year starter for the Lady Rebels from 1978-81, Ross returned to her alma mater as head coach in 2003. During her tenure, Ole Miss complied a 77-50 (.606) record and advanced to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a WNIT appearance. In 2006-07, Ross and Ole Miss reached the Elite Eight.
An Oakland, Miss., native, Ross has served as a board member for both the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer organization, which honored her as its 2000 Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award winner. Congrats to Coach Ross!
Women’s Promo Video
In case you weren’t excited enough already about the start of the 2013-14 women’s basketball season, make sure you’re check out the new women’s basketball promo video. The video debuted at the Ole Miss vs. LSU football game but in case you missed it take a peek at it here #1MISSIon #TheCountdownIsOn
Coach Insell Talks About the Rookies
This season the Rebels welcome four freshmen to the team. Donning the Crimson and Navy for the first time is Mississippi native, Bretta Hart (Poplarville, Miss.), Tianah Alvarado (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Claudia Ortiz Ledesma (Carolina, Puerto Rico) and Shequila Joseph (London, England).
The squad has really gelled as a team and the Ole Miss upperclassmen have played a huge part of that by helping to bring along the underclassmen.
“Our upperclassmen realize that our four freshmen could be a big part of our success this season, so they’ve done a great job of helping to bring them along,” said Insell. “Our team really gets along and they’re helping the freshmen because they know that we need them to play right now. I’m excited about the leadership that our upperclassmen have shown. They are not only showing it vocally, but showing it with how hard they are working on and off the court.”
Insell’s first recruiting class comes from all over the world and comes highly-touted but in cliché terms “freshmen are freshmen and they will make mistakes.” Coach Insell echoes that sentiment, but is very impressed by his rookie quartet.
“They are young and they make mistakes but they are really talented,” said Insell. “A normal situation is that you bring them along slowly this fall and have them ready to go with the first game. We want them to be ready to go now. They have to be ready to play and function at a high level speed. They are not used to functioning at this level in terms of playing hard every possession offensively and defensively, but they are making huge strides. I’m really excited about the things they can do on the basketball court. They struggle on the defensive end at this level but we work with them on that. We want their strengths to remain strengths but to also turn their weaknesses into strengths. I would expect them all to play for us this season.”
Coach Insell Makes Appearance at RebTalk
Head Coach Matt Insell, a regular at head football coach Hugh Freeze’s weekly radio show at Buffalo Wild Wings, made his way onto the show on Tuesday (Oct. 22). Coach Insell talked with Voice of the Rebels, David Kellum about the upcoming basketball season.
Wale At the BPF
Recording artist Wale stopped by the Basketball Practice Facility last week and members of the men’s and women’s basketball team got to record a little video with him. Also of note, after the big football win over LSU, Wale tweeted #HottyToddy!
Ole Miss Women’s Basketball on Youtube
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team is FUNNY and if you don’t believe me just watch some of these videos from their Youtube channel. Be ready to laugh!
SEC Chooses Little Rock For 2015 SEC Championship
The Southeastern Conference announced on Thursday (Oct. 17) that the 2015 SEC Tournament will be in North Little Rock, Ark.,
"The Southeastern Conference and its member institutions are excited to return to a city that has shown tremendous support for SEC women’s basketball," Slive said. "Verizon Arena is a great facility and North Little Rock is an enthusiastic community that is perfect to showcase our women’s basketball programs. We know that our student-athletes, coaches and fans will greatly enjoy a return visit to the area.”
The Verizon Arena will host the women’s tournament for the fourth time, having previously hosted in 2003, 2006 and 2009. Situated in North Little Rock, the Arena first opened in October of 1999, as Alltel Arena and immediately became the focal point for sports and entertainment in Central Arkansas. Known now as Verizon Arena, the facility is publicly owned by the Multi-Purpose Civic Center Facilities Board for Pulaski County.
The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament was previously announced for Nashville in 2018, 2022 and 2026. The league office is currently in the bid process for 2016 and 2017.
Full SEC Release
Season Tickets on Sale
If you haven’t gotten your season tickets for the 2013-14 season, it’s not too late. Season tickets are on sale and can be purchased for $50. For additional ticket information go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).Also make sure to note that Ole Miss’ weekday home games will be a 6 p.m. tip, moving up an hour from last season.
SEC Tournament Tickets On Sale
Make sure you get your SEC Tournament tickets to support the Rebels! Tickets for the 2014 Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament are now on sale. The 2014 SEC Women’s Tournament will be held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia on March 5-9, 2014. Tickets for the tournament are $100 for a reserved book. A ticket book contains seven tickets, one for each session, which allows one person to attend all 13 games. Tickets can be purchased at www.SECDigitalNetwork.com or by calling (800) 732-4849. Additional information regarding special ticket promotions, including advanced single session ticket sales, will be announced at a later date.
Follow Ole Miss Women’s Basketball on The Web and Social Media
For all Ole Miss women’s basketball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWBB, Facebook at Ole Miss WBB and on Instagram at Ole Miss_WBB. Fans can also follow Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Matt Insell on Twitter at @minsell. The Ole Miss assistant coaches are also on Twitter. Assistant Coach Tai Dillard (@OleMissCoachTai), Assistant Coach Alex Simmons (@APSimms2) and Assistant Coach Todd Schaefer (@OLEMISSCoach)