BLOG: After what must have seemed like an endless preseason, the Ole Miss women’s basketball team finally kicked off its season Friday evening with a 95-85 victory against Southeastern Louisiana at the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.
The win marked the first for acting head coach Brett Frank.
The game featured the debut of guard Diara Moore. The junior college transfer got her Ole Miss career off to a great start by leading the Lady Rebels (1-0 overall) with 25 points in 32 minutes of play. Ole Miss sophomore point guard Valencia McFarland did not have a stellar shooting night, but she did chip in a game-high five assists on the night. Junior forward Kenyotta Jenkins had a double-double with a game high 10 rebounds to go along with 13 points. Ole Miss had five players with double digits in the scoring column.
The Lady Rebels will turn their attention to Northwestern State next Friday with an 11 a.m. tip-off for their annual School Day Game.
Before the game, Ole Miss announced a self-imposed postseason ban for the 2012-2013 season in response to the alleged academic and recruiting violations that saw newly hired head coach Adrian Wiggins and two of his assistants fired last month. The ban is part of “other yet to be determined self-imposed penalties,” according to the university’s release.
(November 10, 2012)