OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi earned its second big home
victory of the season. This time, coach Carol Ross hopes someone
The Rebels beat No. 7 Rutgers 67-57 on Wednesday night behind 22
points apiece from Armintie Price and Ashley Johnson.
"Anytime you beat a team like Rutgers, it propels you," Ross
said. "The good news is Rutgers is on the East Coast, and anytime
you beat a strong East Coast program, everybody in the country
knows it. There will be a ripple effect from this game."
It was the Rebels' first home victory over a Top 10 team in
nearly a decade, dating to a 78-72 win over No. 3 Tennessee on Feb.
Ole Miss (7-1) also beat a ranked team for the second time this
season. The Rebels beat then-No. 14 Texas Tech 72-69 last month and
have won four straight since a loss to Villanova.
"Our team will embrace what this win can do for them," Ross
said. "It's no secret that we're going to play well at home. The
secret is out."
Cappie Poindexter had 13 of her 16 points in the second half to
lead Rutgers (8-1).
The Scarlet Knights trailed by as many as 13 in the second half,
but pulled to 52-49 with about 3 minutes remaining on Poindexter's
Ole Miss then used an 8-1 run, keyed by Price, to push its lead
back to 10 points. Price's breakaway steal and layup made it 60-50
with 1:18 left.
The Rebels then went 7-of-8 from the line in the final minute to
"It's an important win, and it will definitely help us for the
[Southeastern Conference] coming up," Price said.
Ashley Awkward added 13 points for the Rebels, who were 24-of-37
from the line, while the Scarlet Knights were 10-of-15.
Johnson finished four points shy of her career high of 26 set
two seasons ago against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
"We knew what Armintie was going to do. There just wasn't
anything we could do about it," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer
said. "We did not know a lot about Johnson, who hurt us, too."
Matee Ajavon had 11 points before fouling out for Rutgers.