Nothing 'Awkward' About Ole Miss' Defense
Saturday, March 24th 2007, 4:31 pm
By: News On 6
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Mississippi is a bundle of pardoxes and coach Carol Ross is the first to admit it.
The 7th-seeded Rebels' offense is improved by its tenacious defense and an ultra-quick sprite named Ashley Awkward who triggers the press.
Ross says the team's defense has to be aggressive and quick. Otherwise, the team won't succeed.
The Rebels (23-10) had 15 steals and forced 29 turnovers in their 89-78 win over defending national champion Maryland in the second round.
With speed as an asset, Sundayâ€™s showdown with Oklahoma will be a contrast in styles.
The Sooners (28-4) have one of the top post players at the college level in 6â€™4 Courtney Paris.
Her twin sister, Ashley, is 6â€™3 and along with 6â€™1 Leah Rush and 6â€™ Amanda Thompson, it's clear the Sooners have size on their side.
Mississippi has Awkward, who is 5â€™-6, but nothing like what her name implies.