Rebels Roll to 10th SEC Win in Lopsided Victory at Auburn, 72-52
AUBURN, Ala.– (Release) Ole Miss waited little time getting started Thursday night at Auburn Arena, with a stellar first quarter en route to an – victory over Auburn. For the second time in program history, Ole Miss reaches the double-digit mark in SEC wins.
Box Score; Postgame Press Conference
Sharpshooter Snudda Collins dropped a season-high 20 points as Ole Miss (22-6, 10-5 SEC) rolled to its second straight win over (Auburn 10-16, 2-13 SEC) in a collective effort. Collins drained a career-tying high of five triples, shooting 7-of-12 from the field. Shakira Austin followed up Collins with 19 points, blocking three Auburn shots. As a reserve, Angel Baker was the third Rebel to finish in double-figures with 11 points, with a season-high three steals. The Rebels cleaned up off the glass in a collective effort, outrebounding the Tigers 43 to 21. Scott led this dominance off the boards with a total of seven. Collins knocking down her first three of the night kickstarted a 19-0 run three minutes in, while the Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for over seven minutes. The Rebels limited the Tigers to a mere two points in the first quarter, the fewest ever allowed to an SEC team since women’s basketball moved to quarters in 2015-16. This run carried over into the second frame, with Collins staying hot from the field with three triples on her way to a total of 11 points in 17 minutes. Six Rebels reached the basket in the first half as Ole Miss ran up its lead to 23 through the first half. The Rebels continued to pour it on, leading again by as many as 31. The Tigers showed more life, putting up 20 points in the third. Yet, Ole Miss remained strong from the field, shooting at a blistering clip of 58.3 percent in the quarter. Despite hitting a scoring lull as Auburn strung together is biggest run of the night at 6-0, the win was just in sight for Ole Miss. Once the clock struck zero, it was still in the favor of Ole Miss, 72-52 to walk away with its second straight win on The Plains. Ole Miss is back in action Sunday from the SJB Pavilion for its final home game of the season against No. 1 South Carolina. The Rebels will take on the Gamecocks at 1 p.m. CT, airing nationally on SEC Network.
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Evelyn Van Pelt
Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn’s love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship. Evelyn created the Rebel Walk in 2013 and has served as publisher and managing editor since its inception.