Rebels beat Lady Frogs at tourney

The Lady Frogs were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in the opening round by the Mississippi Rebels, putting TCU’s season to an end. The 22-10 Rebels, who were the No. 7 seed in the Dayton Regional, sent the No. 10-seeded Lady Frogs home from Connecticut with an 88-74 loss.

It was Ole Miss’ first NCAA Tournament win since 1994, and TCU’s first time not to advance to the second round in five of the last six seasons.

Sunday’s game started out close with five lead changes and no team leading by more than five points each in the first 12 minutes of the half.

But after 12 minutes, Mississippi’s star player Armintie Price put her team up for good with a 25-24 lead. The Rebels ran with Price’s lead to end the first half with a 40-32 lead.

The Lady Frogs allowed a season-high 88 points. The team has allowed an average of 62.7 points per game during this season.

Head coach Jeff Mittie said Price was an unstoppable force against the Lady Frogs.

“Price at one point rebounded and ran the length of the floor, and we looked like we were running in quicksand, and that doesn’t happen very often,” Mittie said.

TCU spent the rest of the game chasing the Rebels, at one point falling 20 points behind at 71-51 in the second half.

“I kept telling them to hang in there and keep fighting because we knew that Ole Miss had given up some leads at times during the season,” Mittie said in a press conference after the game.

The Lady Frogs clawed their way to a nine-point deficit with 3:21 left in the game, but the 81-72 score wasn’t enough to top the Rebels.

“When you play catch-up against them, the one thing about them is that they are relentless in everything that they do,” Mittie said. “If you relax on their press, you will turn it over. If you relax on the box out, they will get to the glass.”

TCU’s junior guard Adrianne Ross, who was named the Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year for leading the conference with an average 17.3 points per game, was held to nine points Sunday.

“We were trading baskets with them; we just couldn’t get them stopped,” Ross said. “I was like ‘we’re doing well, but we’re turning around and they’re putting it in too.'”

The Rebels’ defense also held the Frogs to six second-chance points while earning 25 of its own.

However, senior guard Ashley Davis was on fire in the last game of her college career. Davis notched a double-double and scored a career-high 24 points and tied her personal record of 12 rebounds against Ole Miss.

Davis has also been invited to compete at the 3-point contest at the Men’s Final Four in San Antonio.

The Lady Frogs finished the season with a 21-11 record and currently have a 5-7 record in the NCAA Tournament.

Ole Miss will continue its march to an NCAA title when the team faces the defending NCAA champion Maryland Terrapins tonight at 6. The game will be held in the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.