Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Team Takes on Temple in City of Brotherly Love

Head Coach Matt Insell’s Rebel team is off to a 4-1 start. Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel up to Philadelphia to square off against the Temple Owls. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

Ole Miss (4-1) enters the game after a 96-93 shootout against Troy inside The Pavilion. The Rebels scored more than 90 points for the third time this season and for the second-straight game, spurred on by four players with double-digit scoring: junior Alissa Alston (26 points); junior Madinah Muhammad (24 points); senior Shandricka Sessom (15 points, 10 rebounds); and freshman Promise Taylor (15 points).

Head Coach Matt Insel’s offense has been flying high throughout the start of the young season. Ole Miss is averaging 87.4 points per game, which is third in SEC and 19th in NCAA. In the wins, the Rebels are scoring 93.2 points per game.

Temple holds the same record at 4-1, with wins over Delaware State (96-72), Wagner (70-36), Iona (59-54) and LaSalle (69-52), and a loss to Rutgers (84-67).

The Owls are coming off a memorable 24-8 season that saw a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Temple knocked off No. 16 DePaul during the year (84-74) and only lost by one to eventual Elite Eight participant Oregon in the first round of the Tournament at 71-70.

Temple returns just two starters and lost five lettermen from that team, but they still return Tanaya Atkinson, currently one of the top scorers nationally at 23.2 points per game.

As a team, the Owls are shooting .425 from the field, .260 from three, and .625 from the free throw line. They are out-rebounding opponents by about six boards per game and have a narrow edge with 81 assists to 77 turnovers.


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