OXFORD — Fifth-year University of Mississippi women”s basketball coach Renee Ladner”s 2011-12 team will face a schedule that includes 13 teams that advanced to postseason last year, including five that played in the NCAA tournament a year ago.
The schedule also features games against first-time opponents, North Florida, the University of Massachusetts, and Cleveland State.
In addition, the schedule will feature 16 games at home, including eight non-conference and eight Southeastern Conference games.
“This is going to be an exciting year with another group of young Rebels,” Ladner said. “Most of the team is freshmen and sophomores, and we want them to step up because we have such a good schedule. The team got some great experience on our foreign tour to Canada earlier this month by competing at a high level and being able to play together. I am looking forward to an exciting season. This schedule gives fans numerous chances to see us play at home, too.”
Ole Miss will play host to North Florida in the team”s annual Kid”s Day Game on Nov. 11 before traveling to Beaumont, Texas, for a Nov. 15 game at Lamar. The Rebels will play host to the University of South Alabama on Nov. 18 and will travel to SEMO on Nov. 21. The team will then play against UMass on Nov. 26 in Amherst, Mass. Ole Miss will finish the month of November with a home game against UAPB on Nov. 29.
Ole Miss will play host to Grambling on Dec. 3 before traveling to Coral Gables, Fla., for a Dec. 10 game at Miami. Ole Miss will play host to Central Michigan on Dec. 14 followed by a game against Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 16.
The Rebels will host their annual Magnolia Classic on Dec. 19-21. Ole Miss will take on Murray State on Dec. 19, Murray State will play Cleveland State on Dec. 20, and Ole Miss will take on Cleveland State on Dec. 21.
After the Christmas break, the Rebels will host SELA on Dec. 29 for its final non-conference game of the year.
Ole Miss will open SEC play at home, hosting LSU and Florida on Jan. 1 and Jan. 5, respectively. Ole Miss will travel to Vanderbilt on Jan. 8 and will play host to Arkansas on Jan. 12. The Rebels will hit the road Jan. 15 to play at Alabama before returning home to host back-to-back games against Mississippi State and Georgia on Jan. 19 and 22.
Ole Miss will play Jan. 26 at South Carolina before playing Jan. 29 at home against Auburn.
The Rebels will have just two home games in February. The team will play at Kentucky on Feb. 2 and at Florida on Feb. 5. They will play host to Alabama on Feb. 9 before playing Feb. 12 at Mississippi State.
Ole Miss will play host to Tennessee on Feb. 19. It will finish the regular season Feb. 23 at Georgia and Feb. 26 at Auburn.
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