After having already pushed their flight back a day due to snowy conditions in the Northeast, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team has canceled its trip to Jersey City, New Jersey to participate in the St. Peter’s College Holiday Classic.Ole Miss was originally scheduled to face Samford on Wednesday and either St. Peter’s or Central Connecticut State on Thursday. Instead, the Lady Rebels’ next game will be on Sunday, when they open their Southeastern Conference schedule at home against Vanderbilt (7-3 overall).
I’ll have more later today from head coach Renee Ladner. The team is currently practicing.
The announcement Ole Miss’ trip was canceled was officially made via the Twitter account of Ole Miss athletics director Pete Boone: “After commercial airline cancelation and charter options didn’t work, women’s basketball cancels trip to NJ.”
I had been told the problem wasn’t exactly getting TO New Jersey, it was actually trying to get back.
Vanderbilt currently has an RPI of 35 according to RealtimeRPI.com and has been receiving votes in the Associated Press’ Top 25 Poll all season. (Ole Miss is ranked No. 135 in RPI.)
I’d imagine these were two games Ole Miss did not want to surrender on its schedule. Ladner will agree, for a young team like Ole Miss, every game counts.
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series against Ole Miss 23-14, with the Lady Rebels holding an 11-6 edge in games played in Oxford. Vanderbilt won last year’s meeting 68-59, while the Lady Rebs won 71-69 in 2009. (December 28, 2010)