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Michigan stifled by Ole Miss in Battle 4 Atlantis championship game

Top 25 Rebels win the in-season tournament

NCAA Womens Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis Championship-Michigan vs Mississippi Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t let the 11-point margin fool you - Ole Miss dominated Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament championship game.

Stifling defense led the Rebels attack only allowing Michigan to shoot 24 percent from the floor. Coach Yo and Co. battled through an injury to starting guard KK Deans in the first quarter and were never behind during the entire game.

Ole Miss built an early 10-4 early lead in first six minutes holding Michigan to one made field goal en route to a 16-11 first quarter margin. Deans went down with a left knee injury and was replaced by freshman Marija Avlijas. The Serbian native notched a season high 11 points after scoring only seven total points in the previous five games.

The Lady Rebs added to its lead from there scoring the first six points of the second quarter to go up 22-11 and traded baskets with the Wolverines after that for a 27-19 halftime score. In the first half, Ole Miss shot 50 percent from the floor compared to 14.8 percent for Michigan. It was honestly some kind of weird miracle it was still a somewhat competitive game.

The third quarter was when Ole Miss really stretched out its lead using a 9-0 run to go up 46-28 with less than two minutes to go in the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Ole Miss got up 55-35 and then the Wolverines used a flurry of late three pointers to make the final look much better than it actually was.

No. 24 Ole Miss comes home for a game against Little Rock on Friday, Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. in SJB Pavilion.