Classes have ended at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) for the fall semester, but there was one more game on the schedule for Bahamian Yolett ‘Coach Yo’ McPhee-McCuin and the Ole Miss Lady Rebels (11-2) before heading into their Christmas break. The Bahamian head coach of the program and her team made light work of the Temple University Owls (5-7) on the road at McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, winning 75-55, on Wednesday.
With the win, the Rebels closed out their non-conference regular season play and will now get their grueling Southeastern Conference (SEC) schedule underway. Their two losses came against nationally ranked schools in number 17, the University of Utah Utes, and the number 24 ranked University of Oklahoma Sooners.
In the game on Wednesday, McPhee-McCuin was able to play her entire roster and four of her starters scored in double figures. Junior Madison Scott and senior Angel Baker both finished with a double-double with Scott scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards and Baker adding 14 points and 10 boards. Senior Tyia Singleton and senior Marquesha Davis scored 16 points and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Rebels came out the gate on a mission as they jumped out to a 26-9 lead after the first quarter. That included an 8-0 start to the game. In that quarter, the Lady Rebels went 11-for-14 from the field, shooting 78.6 percent. They were a perfect 3-for-3 from deep in that period.
In the second period, Ole Miss outscored the Owls, 18-16, to go into the third quarter with a 44-25 lead. It was a great defensive display from McPhee-McCuin’s team as they held the Owls to 32.3 percent shooting from the field.
The Rebels went on to outscore the Owls, 15-10, in the third quarter and they cruised to victory in the fourth.
The Rebels shot the ball well all game, knocking down 50 percent of their shots. Temple shot just 35 percent from the field. The Lady Rebels held their own in rebounding, pulling down 37 rebounds compared to Temple’s 33 rebounds.
The Lady Rebels will have a week off from competition and will return to action on Thursday December 29 when they face the Auburn University Tigers to open SEC play. That game is set for 7 p.m. Eastern Time at the Sandy and John Black Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.
McPhee-Mcuin and her team finished the SEC portion of the 2021-2022 season with a 10-6 win/loss record – a great improvement from 4-10 the previous season.