Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Alliesha Easley leaves legacy with toughness, resolve

Alliesha Easley with Ole Miss Head Coach Renee Ladner

Some of you may think that you’ve had a tough go of things since you arrived on campus, but I’m willing to bet that few students have experienced as many ups and downs as rising senior Alliesha Easley.

Easley came to Ole Miss in 2006 after lettering four years at Briarcrest High School in Memphis, Tenn. She made an instant impact, starting all 35 contests and averaging 11 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists her freshman year.

That year saw Ole Miss topple four top-10 teams and advance to the Elite Eight, but it also saw a great deal of attrition. Coach Carol Ross and three seniors – Ashley Awkward, Jada Mincy and Armintie Price – departed from the program at the end of the season.

The following year, new head coach Renee Ladner preached an intense and defensive minded system that resembled Ross’ strategy (which pundits were referring to as “organized chaos” by the end of the 2006-2007 season), and Easley was planned to improve on her stellar freshman campaign and help lead a young team.

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