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Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Runs Record to 2-0 Against Lipscomb

Ole Miss Women's Basketball vs Mississippi College on November 4th, 2016 in Oxford, MS.
Ole Miss Women’s Basketball vs Mississippi College on November 4th, 2016 in Oxford, MS.
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team picked up their second win of the young season with a 76-49 win over Lipscomb on Sunday evening. Junior guard Shandricka Sessom (Byhalia, Miss.) led the way with 26 points, while Oxford native Erika Sisk added 14 points and a team-best nine rebounds, which ties her career best.

One of the staples of the Rebel offense has been interior play. Against the Bison, Ole Miss post players accounted for 26 points and had 44 points come in the paint. Newcomer Taylor Manuel (St. Louis, Mo.) has been impressive down low and was balanced for the Rebels today with eight points and seven rebounds.

Freshman Shelby Gibson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) continues to impress as she starts her collegiate career as well. After scoring 14 points in her collegiate debut, she followed it up with a 10-point performance, becoming the first freshman since Armintie Price in 2003-04 to debut with back-to-back games in double figures.

Ole Miss shot 45.5 percent (30-of-66) from the field and grabbed 45 rebounds, while holding the Bison to just 32.7 percent shooting.

Ole Miss (2-0) jumped out to an 8-0 lead early behind six early points from Sessom, who in the season opener was scoreless in the first half, keeping the Bison off the board until the 6:25 mark when they scored their first bucket of the night. The Rebels opened the second quarter with a 14-1 run to push their lead to 25 points midway through the quarter The home team’s defensive effort was impressive from the outset, as they forced the Bison into 16 first half turnovers leading to 10 Ole Miss points.

Madinah Muhammad (Chicago, Ill.) had an impressive second quarter, after scoring just two points in the first stanza, the sophomore guard had five points in the second quarter including a trey, which gives her a triple in the last five games dating back to last season.

Ole Miss went into the locker room with a 42-12 halftime lead.

From The Head Coach
On the win…
“It’s a good win. We played better at times. We played two quarters really well there to start the game but, we got a little lacksidaisical there defensively in the second half, which we can’t do. But I was really happy with them and it’s good to get the win.”

On the defense…
“I was really pleased with it. I’m happy about where we’re at right now, but there in the fourth, we can’t get caught up in playing the scoreboard or the team we’re playing, we have a bigger picture in mind. I had to call a couple of timeouts and let them know that, what we do there, when you start backing up and not getting after it as much, that could hurt us in a big game. So I tried to bring that to their attention. There’s a lot we have to work on, but we’re really good defensively when we don’t get lacksidaisical.”

On Shandricka Sessom…
“She played really well. She just understands how to get shots within the offense. That’s what you want.”

On Shelby Gibson…
“She plays extremely hard. She does her job.”

Rebel Sidelines
-Ole Miss moves to 4-1 in the series with the Bison with today’s 76-49 win. The win was the third straight for the Rebels in the series and gives Ole Miss a 3-0 advantage in games played in Oxford.

-Ole Miss used the same starting lineup of Sisk, Muhammad, Joseph, Sessom and Manuel for the second straight game and moved to 2-0 with this group.

-Shandricka Sessom extended her scoring and rebounding streak to 33 consecutive games and was in double figures for the 31st time in her career, while recording her ninth career 20-point game.

-With her four rebounds on the day, Shequila Joseph recorded her 300th career rebound.

-For the second consecutive game, Ole Miss held their opponent to under 50 points.

Up Next
Ole Miss is back in action on Thursday when they welcome Jacksonville State to Oxford. Tipoff is set for 6 pm. The game will be available on SECNetwork+ and on the WatchESPN app. For ticket information go to OleMissTix.com or call the Ole Miss Ticket Office at 1-888-REB-TKTS (732-8587).

Jacksonville State Promotions – Angry Birds Night and Food Drive
-Bring three can food objects and get free admission
-Halftime Angry Birds toss for prizes

Next Five Games
Nov. 17 – Jacksonville State 6 PM
Nov. 20 – High Point 2 PM
Nov. 26 – vs. Wisconsin^ 1 PM
Nov. 27 – vs. TBA^ 1/3:30 PM
Dec. 1 – vs. Jackson State@ 11 AM

^-At UNLV Lady Rebel Roundup (Las Vegas, Nevada)
@-14th Annual Kids Game

Keep Up With the Rebels
Keep up to date with the Ole Miss women’s basketball team throughout the season on social media. For all Ole Miss women’s basketball news and information, go to OleMissSports.com, and follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissWBB, Facebook at Ole Miss WBB on Instagram at Ole MissWBB and on Snapchat with the handle @OleMissWBB. Fans can also follow Ole Miss women’s basketball head coach Matt Insell on Twitter at @minsell.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

Evan Engram Named Mackey Award Semifinalist

engramAs the nation’s leader in receiving yards and receptions among tight ends, Ole Miss senior Evan Engram was named a semifinalist for the 2016 John Mackey Award, announced Monday morning. A semifinalist for the second time in his career, Engram is one of eight players up for the award, which is given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end.

Along with Engram, other semifinalists for the award include: Adam Breneman (Jr., Massachusetts), Jake Butt (Sr., Michigan), Gerald Everett (Sr., South Alabama), Cole Hikutini (Sr., Louisville), Bucky Hodges (Jr., Virginia Tech), O.J. Howard (Sr., Alabama) and Jordan Leggett (Sr., Clemson).

In his final season as a Rebel, Engram has been a focal point of the Ole Miss offense as the team’s leader in receptions and receiving yards. His 59 receptions and 824 yards lead the country’s tight ends to go along with seven touchdowns. Averaging 82.4 yards per game, Engram is the only tight end in the nation to average at least 75 receiving yards per game. The Powder Springs, Georgia, native also leads the Southeastern Conference in receiving yards, an impressive feat for a tight end.

As a four-year starter, Engram has continued to rewrite the Ole Miss record book for tight end categories. With two regular season games remaining, the two-year captain has already broken the school records for catches and receiving yards in a season by a tight end. Engram is also the all-time Ole Miss leader in receptions (156), receiving yards (2,218) and TDs (14) by a tight end.

For his career, the Rebel senior is the nation’s active leader with 2,218 receiving yards. He is a three-time All-SEC selection and a 2014 All-American and John Mackey Award semifinalist.

Engram is active in the community, displaying a particular heart for those with mental and physical handicaps. He has been actively involved with Special Olympics Mississippi, the North Mississippi Regional Center and the Scott Center in Oxford. Engram is one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award due to notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. He is also a two-time nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and a member of the 2015 SEC Community Service Team.

The award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2016 John Mackey recipient will be announced on December 7, 2016 and then presented live on December 8, 2016 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. Finalists for the award will be announced on November 22, 2016. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com.

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.

The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, recognizes 14 alumni that have played in the NFL: two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham (`01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark (`02), Kellen Winslow II (`03), two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller (`04), Marcedes Lewis (`05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth (`06) of the of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Fred Davis (`07), Chase Coffman (`08), D.J. Williams (`10), Dwayne Allen (’11) of the Indianapolis Colts, Tyler Eifert (’12) of the Cincinnati Bengals, Austin Seferian-Jenkins (’13) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Nick O’Leary (’14) of the Buffalo Bills and 2015 John Mackey Award recipient Hunter Henry of the San Diego Chargers.

The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast over 722 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more.

The Friends of John Mackey are responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award & the John Mackey Award Selection Committee. Please visit http://www.johnmackeyaward.com to check out the new and improved website for all John Mackey Award related information.

Follow Ole Miss Football on Twitter (@OleMissFB), Facebook and Instagram. For more information, visit www.OleMissSports.com.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

Ole Miss Volleyball Falls to No. 24 Kentucky 3-1

Photo courtesy of Joshua McCoy / Ole Miss Sports
Ole Miss volleyball fell to No. 24 Kentucky 3-1 (28-26, 16-25, 22-25, 15-25) on Dads and Daughters Day at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Senior Setter Aubrey Edie notched her 11th double-double of the season, while junior outside hitter Lexi Thompson tallied 16 kills to lead the Rebels.

Ole Miss came out in set one to lead by six after several offensive errors by Kentucky and two blocks by junior middle blocker Taylor Alexander. The Rebels led 11-3 with a .400 hitting percentage, but the Wildcats pushed to close the gap with a six-point run forcing the Rebels to use their first timeout of the match. From there the first set went point for point until the Rebels closed it out at 28-26. Ole Miss and Kentucky finished the first set with almost identical statistics, both hitting above .200 with 4 blocks and 18 digs.

Ole Miss came out in the second set down 6-2 and couldn’t find a way to stop Kentucky’s middle as the score remained separated at 11-7. The Rebels used their first timeout of the set down 14-9, siding out at 61 percent to the Wildcat’s 89 percent. Kentucky went on an eight-point run to bring the score to 20-12. Sophomore Kathryn Cather entered the set at 22-15, her first appearance in almost a month due to injury, but the Wildcat’s took set two 25-16.

After the break, both teams came out to battle point for point as the score was tied at 5-5. Ole Miss spent the majority of the set down by three as Kentucky climbed from 10-7 to 14-11 to 17-14, but the Rebels came back with a 6-0 run to lead the third set for the first time at 18-17. Kentucky responded with a 6-3 run to take set three 25-22 on a .275 hitting percentage to Ole Miss’ .158 percentage.

The Rebels came out in the fourth set down 9-4 due to Kentucky’s pin hitters. Ole Miss called its first timeout of the set down 13-7 after back-to-back blocks by Kentucky. The Wildcat’s got to 20 first as the Rebels trailed by seven hitting .069 percent to Kentucky’s .296 percent. Ole Miss could not rally and dropped the match in the fourth set to Kentucky 25-15.

Quick Hits
• Rebels fall to 15-12 overall and 4-10 in the SEC, while Kentucky improved to 20-16 overall and 13-2 in SEC play.

• The Rebels finished with a .099 hitting percentage while Kentucky finished with a .260 percentage.

• Junior outside hitter Lexi Thompson notched a team-high 16 kills. This marks 22nd match for her to record double-digit kills and the sixth match Thompson has recorded 16 or more kills.

• Junior outside hitter Kate Gibson notched 9 kills and 16 digs. Gibson fell one kill short of marking her 14th double-double of the season. Gibson has recorded double-digit kills in all matches but three this season.

• Senior setter Aubrey Edie finished with 33 assists and 10 digs for her 11th double-double of the season.

• Sophomore libero Caroline Adams recorded 18 digs. This marks the fifth time Adams has notched 18 or more digs in a match this season.

• Junior middle blocker Taylor Alexander notched eight kills and five blocks. This marks the sixth time she has recorded eight kills in a match this season.

Quoting Head Coach Steven McRoberts
“Our team is frustrated with losing a lot of opportunities this year to win matches. They know we can win more than we have and perform better than we have at times. We started the match off pretty well and when we won the first set, we thought we would have the momentum for the rest of the day, but it seemed like we went flat the rest of the match. It was similar to the Florida match here earlier in the year where we won a great first set and then struggled the rest of the way.

“From an offensive standpoint, it was tough to get anything going, they have a really good block, but there were times that we made it better than it needed to be. When you are playing a top team like Kentucky, you have to take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves, and we had a difficult time doing that today. Credit Kentucky, that’s one of the reasons they are consistently one of the top teams in the conference. They will make you pay when you don’t take advantage of opportunities.”

Up Next
Ole Miss will travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and then onto Athens to face Georgia on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. CT.

For more information on Ole Miss Volleyball, follow the Rebels on Twitter, @OleMissVB, on Facebook at OleMissVolleyball and on Instagram at OleMissVB. Also follow Coach McRoberts on Twitter, @CoachMcRoberts.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

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