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Ole Miss (6-3)
12/16/2011 | Nashville, TN - Allen Arena | Attendance: 1073
Thursday, December 15, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Following a short break from action to study for exams, the Lipscomb women’s basketball team returns to home action on Friday night hosting Southeastern Conference foe Ole Miss at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Arena in Nashville.
The Lady Bisons (2-9) are coming off a 95-53 loss at then No. 17 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. Junior wing Hannah Phillips continues to pace the squad averaging a dozen points a night for the Purple and Gold and adding 5.2 rebounds per contest as well. Phillips’ numbers are even better in the month of December. The veteran has averaged 16.5 points a night as Lipscomb has gone 2-2 in the final month of the year.
Senior guard Anna Bowers is also scoring in double figures for Lipscomb scoring at a 10.8 points-per-game clip.
Lipscomb assistant coach Jada Mincy will meet up against her alma mater on Friday night. The Ole Miss grad was a solid contributor for the Rebels from 2003-07 in Oxford, Miss.
The series between the two clubs is tied 1-1 all-time with Lipscomb having won the last meeting between the two schools 74-71 at Allen Arena in 2003.
The opponent: Ole Miss heads to the “Music City” 6-3 on the season after dropping their last two contests. The Rebels fell 76-48 to No. 9 Miami (Fla.) on Dec. 10 before losing 78-75 in overtime at home to Central Michigan.
The Rebels are led by sophomore Valencia McFarland, who is averaging 14.9 points per game. Senior Nikki Bird leads Ole Miss in rebounding (11.2 rpg) after a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double against Central Michigan in her last outing.
Up next: The Lady Bisons close out the first half of the schedule hosting Gardner Webb at 2 p.m. at Allen Arena on Sunday.