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Rebels run past Georgia in women’s basketball

Ole Miss women’s basketball was back in the SJB Pavilion on Thursday facing off against Georgia, and came rearing to go to run off to a 73-51 victory. The Rebels were on the hunt and claimed their third consecutive win against the Bulldogs, setting a new program best. The 22 point victory was also Ole Miss’ largest to date in conference play this season.

With less than two weeks to go in the regular season, Ole Miss (19-7, 9-4) utilized a second quarter defensive clinic to push past Georgia (11-15, 2-11 SEC) en route to a three game winning streak.

The three headed monster of Marquesha Davis, Madison Scott, and Kennedy Todd-Williams had a tremendous influence in the win over the Bulldogs, combining for 51 points. Davis, Scott and Todd-Williams were in full force all scoring in double-figures for the third straight game in a row. Davis led the pack with 20 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists. Rejecting a career-tying two shots, Todd-Williams added 15 points and four assists.

As a team, Ole Miss combined for 19 assists with Scott dishing out six and scoring 16 points. Rita Igbokwe led the Rebels on the rebounding front, with seven boards and six points. All 12 active Rebels found time on the floor against the Bulldogs, with eight scoring

From the tip, Ole Miss started off hot winning the jump ball which set the tone early. Ole Miss and Georgia traded blows back and forth, yet Scott put the Rebels on the board early by scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds. Through the first quarter, Ole Miss held a narrow margin of 14-12

The Rebels put on the pressure and held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first 5 minutes of play in the second. Contributing 10 points in the first half, Todd-Williams kept the Rebels humming along. In a defensive show, Ole Miss held Georgia to three points in the quarter and 15 points in the half, the fewest allowed in a half this season against an SEC team. It’s defensive efforts provided Ole Miss with a lead of 29-15 heading into the half.

Ole Miss’ offense persisted and continued to extend the lead, while UGA found itself in early foul trouble putting the Rebels in the bonus before the halfway mark of the third quarter. Scoring 24 points in the frame, the Rebels broadened their lead, 53-36 heading into the final quarter of play.

The Rebel offense continued to grind, going on an 8-0 run in the fourth to push the Bulldogs out of reach. Davis added to her exceptional night by earning a career high of 4 assists in the closing minutes. Ole Miss kept up smooth play and coasted to a 73-51 win against the Bulldogs to grab its ninth win in conference action.

Only three regular season games remain for Ole Miss prior to the SEC Tournament, with a trip to Missouri up next on Monday (Feb. 26). Tip from the Show-Me State is set for 6 p.m. nationally airing on SEC Network.

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