Renee Ladner is about as straight of a shooter as they come, and following Ole Miss’ 69-60 victory over Sam Houston State University to claim The Inn at Ole Miss Classic on Saturday, the Lady Rebels coach didn’t sugarcoat what she thought of her team’s performance.
Sure, the team is now 2-0 to start the season, but both wins have been anything but pretty.
Against SHSU, Ole Miss trailed for the entire first half before finally pulling ahead early in the second frame. In the Lady Rebels’ 69-64 win over Jackson State on Friday, Ole Miss had to hold on at the end to preserve the victory. (November 15, 2010, Page 5B)
After playing a back and forth first half, the Ole Miss Lady Rebels basketball team was able to turn it around in the second half to claim a 69-60 victory over Sam Houston State University in the championship game of The Inn at Ole Miss Classic. (more…) (November 13, 2010)
If all goes as head coach Renee Ladner hopes it will, her star freshman guard’s smile won’t wear off any time soon.
During a media opportunity on Wednesday, both Ladner and senior Kayla Melson said they’re curious to see how this young Lady Rebels squad meshes for the first time when they play West Georgia in an exhibition game tonight at 7 at the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (November 4, 2010, Page 7)
That’s just how Melson plays the game for the Ole Miss women’s basketball team: It’s all or nothing and she’s never been one to shy away from contact if it meant making a play.
It’s that type of hustle that has made her a natural leader.
This year, Melson will take over a larger role on the team as one of only two players with extensive playing experience.
And with that expanded role comes more responsibility that head coach Renee Ladner believes is more than deserved. (October 20, 2010, Page 8)
To say Ole Miss will be relying on youth and inexperience this season may be one of the greatest understatements of the Lady Rebels’ preseason.
Gone from Ole Miss’ 17-15 women’s hoops squad from a year ago are All-Southeastern Conference guard Bianca Thomas, 3-point sniper Elizabeth Robertson, starting center Katorra Lewis and offensive guard Shantell Black.
What does that mean for the Lady Rebels and head coach Renee Ladner in her third year at the helm of the program?
A lot of opportunities for playing time are up for grabs. (October 8, 2010, Page 7A)
OLE MISS WOMEN’S HOOPS — Ole Miss will get a chance to begin anew tomorrow when it opens its potential run in the Southeastern Conference Women’s Tournament against South Carolina. Tip is set for 11 a.m. CT. (March 3, 2010, Page 8)
Make no mistake about it, the Ole Miss Lady Rebels are on the outside looking in as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned. But thanks to an offensive rebound put in by Liz Robertson, the Lady Rebels were able to defeat Auburn 65-61 Thursday night at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. (February 26, 2010, Page 8A)
OLE MISS WOMEN’S HOOPS — Kayla Melson has been the emotional leader all season for the Lady Rebels hoops squad. If Ole Miss is going to make a late-season push to get into the tournament, it’ll need Melson to continue to be a floor general. (February 18, 2010, Page 9)
Tennessee’s Angie Bjorklund hit a game-winning 3-pointer for the second straight year to defeat the Ole Miss Lady Rebels 61-58 Thursday night at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum. The loss was devastating for the Lady Rebels, who had tied the game just seconds before Bjorklund’s shot. (February 12, 2010, Page Page 9A)