No. 23 Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Hosts Temple Wednesday Night
OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 23 Ole Miss women’s basketball team returns to the hardwood on Wednesday as the Rebels play host to the Temple Owls. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on the SEC Network +.
“Really looking forward to playing another game,” Ole Miss head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin said. “Anybody who knows me knows that I hate losing more than I love winning.”
Ole Miss (1-1,0-0 SEC) is coming off a tough loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, 80-70. The Rebels were led in scoring by Snudda Collins with 15 points. The Sooners were led by Skylar Vann with a game-high 24 points.
Against Oklahoma, Ole Miss took a 39-38 lead into the locker room at halftime. In the fourth quarter, the Sooners held a lead of 14 points.
Temple rolls into Oxford with a 2-1 overall record with wins over Delaware State and Bucknell. The Owls are led by their fifth-year guard Aleah Nelson who averaged 15.4 points per game last season and earned a spot on the AAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team.
“Temple is super aggressive. They are going to pick us up 94 feet, half court and be in the passing lanes. They are athletic as well so we are going to have to keep them off the glass. They play with a lot of energy and passion.”
Ole Miss head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin
Wednesday will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two programs. Ole Miss holds the all-time advantage at 5-1 over Temple.
Last season in Philadelphia, the Rebels took care of the Owls in a 75-55 victory in their final game of the non-conference slate.
“Last year, when we went down there, we expected a fight,” McPhee-McCuin said. “Now we expect a fight again and that is a testament to their coach (Diane Richardson). She does a really good job and is just in year two.”
McPhee-McCuin added that Temple is figuring some things out.
“I think that the team matches their identity the most will come out on top,” she said.
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Adam Brown joins The Rebel Walk as a Sports Editor after being on the Ole Miss beat for over 11 years. He is a lifelong Oxford resident. Brown graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Prior to The Rebel Walk, Brown was the sports editor of HottyToddy.com covering every Ole Miss sport and local high school sports in the community.