Rebel Women's Basketball Historical Timeline

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Dec. 3, 1974 - The Lady Rebel varsity team makes its "modern era" debut under head coach Pam Davidson at Itawamba Junior College. The fun is spoiled, however, as IJC defeats Ole Miss by one point 76-75.

Dec. 4, 1974 - Ole Miss garners the first win in the history of the program with an 85-56 victory over BlueMountain.

March 12, 1976 - The Lady Rebels participate in their first-ever Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) regional tournament held in Cleveland, Miss. Ole Miss would lose to Mercer 101-97 in its first-ever overtime game and finish the season with a 19-8 overall record.

Feb. 7, 1977 - Ole Miss records the program's 50th win in a 76-55 victory over Alabama.

March 18, 1978 - The Lady Rebels participate in their first AIAW National Tournament in Piscataway, N.J. The team went 1-1 after falling 74-71 to Queens and defeating Utah 65-45 to finish the year with a 25-15 record.

April 21, 1978 - Van Chancellor is hired to become the third coach in the program's history. He would coach the Lady Rebels for 18 seasons and compile a 439-154 overall record during his tenure.

Jan. 30, 1979 - Ole Miss notches its 100th win with a 92-69 victory over Blue Mountain.

Feb. 7, 1980 - The Lady Rebels participate in the inaugural Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, played in Knoxville, Tenn. Ole Miss defeated both Georgia and Kentucky and finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.

March 19, 1982 - Ole Miss plays in the inaugural NCAA Women's Tournament and falls to Memphis 72-70.

March 18, 1983 - Ole Miss hosts its first NCAA Tournament game in Tad Smith Coliseum. The Lady Rebels defeated Florida State 86-76 to record the program's first NCAA Tournament win and the 200th victory in the history of the program. The Lady Rebels earn their first ranking in the final Associated Press poll, ending the year ranked No. 13. The Lady Rebels have been ranked in the final AP poll a total of 13 times in program history.

March 22, 1985 - Ole Miss beats Tennessee 63-60 in the NCAA Regional semifinals to become the first Lady Rebel team to advance to the Elite Eight. The Lady Rebels would lose to Western Kentucky 72-68 in the regional final. The 1984-85 team finished with a 29-3 overall record, which ties for the best record in the program's history with the 1991-92 team.

March 20, 1986 - The Lady Rebels defeated Auburn 56-55 in overtime in Austin, Texas, to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second straight year. They went on to lose to Texas 66-63 in the regional final.

April 1986 - Jennifer Gillom was named a Kodak All-American, becoming the Lady Rebels' first All-American.

Jan. 21, 1987 - Ole Miss defeats Alcorn State 52-50 to win its 16th consecutive game to open the season, which stands as the best start in program history.

Feb. 18, 1987 - The Lady Rebels win the 300th game in the history of the program, 89-55 over Alcorn State.

March 23, 1989 - Ole defeats North Carolina State 68-63 to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the third time.

Dec. 20, 1991 - Ole Miss wins the 400th game in the history of the program, beating Auburn on the road, 62-51.

Feb. 29, 1992 - The Lady Rebels beat Vanderbilt 59-57 in a thriller, to win the program's first SEC Championship. The Lady Rebels went 11-0 in the SEC regular season to the win the title. Ole Miss also finished off the year in Tad Smith Coliseum with a 14-0 record.

March 7, 1992 - The Lady Rebels record a program best 25-game winning streak with their 58-52 win over Auburn in the SEC Tournament.

March 26, 1992 - Ole Miss defeats Penn State 75-72 in the NCAA Tournament, to advance to the Elite Eight for the fourth time in the program's history. The Lady Rebels would lose to Southwest Missouri State 94-71. The 1991-92 team earned the highest final Associated press ranking in the history of the Lady Rebel basketball program with its final ranking of No. 5.

Feb. 21, 1996 - The Lady Rebels defeat Mississippi State 71-68 in Starkville to capture the program's 500th win.

Feb. 26, 1998 - Ole becomes the first 12th seed to win an SEC Tournament game by knocking off fifth-seeded Georgia 77-73 in Columbus, Ga.

March 8, 2004 - Lady Rebel head coach Carol Ross is named SEC Co-Coach of the Year by The Associated Press. Ross guided the Lady Rebels to a 7-7 mark in SEC play after being picked to finish last in the preseason media poll.

March 3, 2005 - Sophomore Armintie Price was the first Ole Miss player to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Price was also named to the SEC First Team by the league coaches and SEC Second Team by the Associated Press.

Dec. 19, 2005 - Ole Miss enters the Associated Press Top 25 Poll at No. 24, earning its first national ranking since the 1995-96 season.

Feb. 27, 2007 - Senior Arminite Price becomes the first player in SEC history to win the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award more than once. In addition, Price was selected to the All-SEC First Team for the third consecutive year.

March 20, 2007 - Ole Miss defeats second-seeded and defending national champion Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The win tied an NCAA record for the earliest exit by a defending national champion that qualified for the following tournament. With the victory, Ole Miss advanced to the school's ninth Sweet Sixteen and first since 1992.

March 25, 2007 - Ole Miss defeats Oklahoma, 90-82, to reach the Elite Eight for the fifth time in school history and the first since 1992. With three steals in the first half against Oklahoma, senior Armintie Price joins Cheryl Miller as the only two players in NCAA history to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals in a career.

April 4, 2007 - Ole Miss' Armintie Price was selected third in the WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. She is the highest pick ever for a Rebel and the first to be drafted since Saundra Jackson in the 2002 third round. She would go on to be named 2007 WNBA Rookie of the Year.

April 5, 2007 - The Ole Miss women’s basketball team finished 10th in the final 2006-07 USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).  This marks the first time the Rebels have been ranked in the final USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll and it also marks the fifth time overall Ole Miss has finished a season ranked in the top 10 in any poll. The Rebels have finished in the top 10 rankings in the Associated Press final poll four times.  

April 19, 2007 - Ole Miss senior guard Ashley Awkward recently signed a free agent contract to play with the Houston Comets of the WNBA.

April 26, 2007 - Renee Ladner promoted to head coach following the resignation of former head coach Carol Ross.

Sept. 8, 2007 - Armintie Price is named WNBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 7.9 points and 2.9 assists per game.  

Nov. 18, 2007 - Ole Miss head coach Renee Ladner earns her first career victory with an 86-60 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.  

Feb. 24, 2008 - Shawn Goff sets the school single season record for blocked shots as she collects her 61st rejection of the season.  Goff finished the year with a total of 67 blocked shots.  

March 4, 2008 - Shawn Goff was selected to the All-SEC Second Team by the league’s coaches.  She would later earn a spot on the Associated Press All-SEC Second Team.  

Aug. 1, 2008 - Ole Miss legend Jennifer Gillom is one of six inductees in the 2008 class of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

Nov. 29, 2008 - Ole Miss sets a new school record for the fewest points allowed in a lopsided 83-32 victory over Nicholls State at Tad Smith Coliseum.  

Jan. 11, 2009 - Rebel guard Bianca Thomas tied the school record for the most three-pointers in a game when she hit seven at Mississippi State.  

Jan. 18, 2009 - Ole Miss secures the program’s 700th all-time victory with a 73-43 win over Alabama at Tad Smith Coliseum.  

Jan. 29, 2009 - Shawn Goff scored eight points against Tennessee and became just the 22nd player in school history to join the 1,000 point club.  She finished her career in 17th place all-time at Ole Miss with 1,179 career points.  

Feb. 5, 2009 - Shawn Goff became the Ole Miss all-time leader in blocked shots as she collected her 195th career rejection against Auburn.  She went on to finish her career with 207 blocked shots.  

March 3, 2009 - Bianca Thomas is named to the All-SEC first team by the league’s coaches and becomes the 12th player all-time at Ole Miss to earn a spot on the team.  

March 5, 2009 - Bianca Thomas hits six three-pointers against Arkansas in the first round of the SEC Tournament to become the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers in a season with 66 treys.  Thomas went on to finish the season with 73 total three-pointers.  

May 5, 2009 - Ole Miss Associate Head Coach Peggie Gillom-Granderson announcers her retirement after over 25 years of service to Ole Miss as either a player or coach.  

June 3, 2009 - Former Ole Miss All-American Jennifer Gillom is named the new head coach of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.

June 13, 2009 - Jennifer Gillom earns the most prestigious honor in women’s basketball when she was one of the six members of the class of 2009 inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.  

Nov. 13, 2009- Kayla Melson becomes just the third player in program history to record a triple double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 steals in a win over SELA.  

Dec. 3, 2010 - Bianca Thomas scored her 1,000th career point in Ole Miss’ win over UALR.  

Dec. 17, 2010 - Former Ole Miss All-American Jennifer Gillom is named the head coach of the WNBA’s LA Sparks.  

Jan. 17, 2010 - The Rebels upset No. 12 LSU 80-71 at home.

Jan. 25, 2010 - Ole Miss upsets No. 8 Georgia on the road, with a 66-65 win.  

MARCH 18, 2010 - The Rebels set a program record for three pointers made in a season with 233, passing the previous mark of 203 set during the 1999-2000 season.

Sept. 2010 - Former Rebel and current assistant coach Armintie Price Herrington helped lead the Atlanta Dream to the 2010 WNBA Finals.

Jan. 2, 2011 - Ole Miss comes from 18 points down to beat Vanderbilt at home, 72-67.  

Jan. 13, 2011 - Shae Nelson ties the school record for three pointers in a game with seven at Auburn.  

Jan. 16, 2011 - Kayla Melson scored her 1,000th career point against South Carolina.

Sept. 2011 - Former Rebel and assistant coach Armintie Price Herrington helped lead the Atlanta Dream to the WNBA Finals for the second-consecutive season.

Sept. 27, 2011 - Sophomore Valencia McFarland is named to USA Basketball’s Pan Am Games team.

Nov. 21, 2011 - Nikki Byrd became the first Rebel since Armintie Price in 2007 to record double-doubles in five consecutive games.

Jan. 5, 2012 -  Former Ole Miss head coach Carol Ross is named the head coach of the WNBA’s LA Sparks.

March 28, 2013 -  Matt Insell is named the eighth head coach in progran history.

June 9, 2013 - Peggie Gillom-Granderson was one of six members of the Class of 2013 inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. She joins her sister, Jennifer Gillom and former Ole Miss coach, Van Chancellor, as Rebels in the WBHOF.



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