By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Price, Lady Rebels Riding A Wave To The Sweet 16
HARTFORD, Ct. — The Ole Miss Lady Rebels garnered their first NCAA win since 1994 by beating TCU 88-74 in Hartford this past Sunday in the first round of the Dayton Regional.
Armintie Price led Mississippi with 21 points. Price is a 5-9 senior combo guard hailing from Myrtle, Mississippi. This season, Price averaged 18.1 ppg which ranked her second in the SEC in and 32nd nationally.
She also led the team in assists and steals and her 3.8 steals per game was tops in the nation. She’s just the fifth player in NCAA history to record over 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 300 assists, and 300 steals.
She was also named the 2007 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in the history of the league to win the award two times.
Price had a lot to prove and a lot to overcome going into the season. She was hailed in her junior season as a weak outside shooter and a player unlikely to succeed in the rigors of the WNBA wars unless she could develop such a shot.
From a personal perspective, her mother Beatrice was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in July and in August, two months before practice she was gone.
Price was very close with her mother and noted after the loss that “I think about my mother everyday.” Price was determined to make her senior season count both for herself and for her team.
Mississippi was left entirely out of the preseason rankings and largely due to the consistent scoring of Price jumped out to a 16-5 start and was ranked no. 22 in the nation. At the time, the Lady Rebels owned wins over Vanderbilt and LSU.
Her coach, Carol Ross called her a “leader” as soon as she stepped on the court as a freshman. Price is very humble and when talking about her accomplishments simply said “by teammates helped me get there.”
After the strong start and the national ranking Mississippi fell on some hard times losing six of their last eleven games including a heartbreaker to LSU in the SEC Tournament 52-46. Price was held to 12 points on 3-15 shooting from the field.
Two weeks later and after numerous good practices for Ross, Price rebounded with strong games in the 14 point win against TCU. Price’s season is still alive as she scored 29 points Tuesday in a win over second-seeded and defending National Champion Maryland to send Ole Miss to the Sweet 16.
Price was brilliant in every phase of the game and her play led to numerous mentions on ESPN throughout the evening of women’s college basketball.
Up next for the Lady Rebels, a date with Courtney Paris and the Oklahoma Sooners Sunday afternoon at the University of Dayton.