Ole Miss women’s basketball is enjoying a nice little trip in The Bahamas while on a three game winning streak that will be put to the test with an 11 a.m. tip off against Michigan.
The Lady Rebels (4-1) topped Howard and Arizona at the Battle4Atlantis tournament already, and now the championship game against Michigan (4-0) will be broadcast on ESPN2 for those of you on Thanksgiving break or working from home. Turn up, pour a mimosa, and make Monday great for the first time ever.
The international road trip is a homecoming for head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin who is a native of Freeport, The Bahamas, and surely has to be a little bit of a hometown crowd appeal. Coach Yo has taken Ole Miss from a basement program in the SEC to the Sweet Sixteen in 2022 and looks to add to her resume again on Monday.
Michigan, meanwhile, has not felt the sting of a loss this season, and it beat Middle Tennessee St. and usually very solid South Dakota en route to this title appearance. The Lady Wolverines are led in points by Laila Phelia at 17 points per game, and the stats say Michigan thrives on turnover margin (+5 per game) and rebounding (+11 per game) more than its shooting efficiency.
The Lady Rebels will counter offensively with a balanced attack where one player out of five or six will typically get a hot hand and lead the way. Marquesha Davis, Madison Scott, and KK Deans all average over 10 points per game, but senior Magnolia state native Snudda Collins is just under that mark at 9.8 points per game. UNC senior transfer Kennedy Todd-Williams has also made an immediate impact at 8.2 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Ole Miss and Michigan will tip off at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2 with Kevin Fitzgerald and Andraya Carter on the broadcast call. This is the first time these two programs have played each, but the Lady Rebels do hold a 17-12 overall record against the Big Ten.