By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team returns to the hardwood this evening as they travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Lady Raiders as a part of the Big 12 / SEC Challenge. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and will be on FOX Southwest.
Ole Miss (5-3) is coming off of a heartbreaking 58-50 loss to Pitt on Saturday at the Daytona Beach Invitational. The Rebels were led on the floor by junior Valerie Nesbitt with 14 points, six rebounds and five steals.
The Rebels’ defense is currently yielding just 57.2 points per game through eight contests thus far. Furthermore, the Rebels have held six of its eight opponents to 60 points or fewer to start this season — just the seventh such instance in Ole Miss history.
Coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has used six different lineups through the first eight games of the season. A total of five different Rebels have led the team in scoring: junior Deja Cage (3) and Nesbit (2) are the only two that have repeated the performance. Other top Rebel scorers include sophomore Taylor Smith in the season opener vs. MVSU (18), freshman Jayla Alexander vs. UNO (21) and junior Dominique Banks at Southern Miss (13).
Texas Tech is undefeated at 5-0 on the young season. They are coming off of a 64-60 win over San Diego in the San Diego Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Lady Raiders are led by Brittany Brewer who is averaging 17.8 ppg and leads the nation in blocks (29) and averages 5.8 blocks per night.
This season, coach Marlene Stollings’ squad has held their opponents to less than 60 points in all five games. Texas Tech also leads the nation with the fewest fouls with 55 on the season.
Tonight’s contest will be the fourth-ever meeting in the series all-time between the two programs. Ole Miss holds a 2-1 advantage in the series. The last time Ole Miss faced the Lady Raiders was in 2005. They won the game 72-69 in Oxford.
This will be the third time that the Rebels have taken part in this Challenge since it began in 2014. Ole Miss has taken the court against No. 16 West Virginia (2016) and TCU (2018).
Fans can listen to all of the action on Ole Miss Radio or watch the game on FOX Southwest.