Junior Season (2012-13): Finalist for the C Spire/Gillom Trophy presented annually to the best female collegiate basketball player in the state of Mississippi ... team MVP ... named to the Preseason Coaches All-SEC Second Team ... named to the Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll ... named SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 31 after averaging a triple-double on the week at the Tulane Double Tree Classic with 36 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists ... named to the All-Tournament Team at both the Tulane Double Tree Classic and the NY Life Holiday Invitational ... McFarland has been named to every All-Tournament Team for each regular-season tournament she's played in at Ole Miss ... finished the year tied for first on the team in scoring (11.4 points per game) and was just one of two players to start all 29 games ... has scored in every game in her career at Ole Miss (87 games) ... led the team in double-figure scoring games with 18 including two 20-point games ... led the team in assists with a career-best 155, steals 71 and minutes played 34.4 minutes per game ... became just the fourth player in school history to lead her team in assists three years and the first player since 2006 to lead her team three years in a row ... in the SEC, ended the year second in assist-to-turnover ratio, third in assists (5.3) and minutes played (34.4 mpg), fourth in steals (2.4 spg) eighth in free throw percentage (.750) ... ended the year ranked eighth in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio and 32nd in assists per game ... twice neared a triple-double during the year with nine points, nine assists and seven steals against No. 12 Georgia (Feb. 24) and 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds versus Mississippi State (Feb. 14) ... recorded one double-double on the year with 24 points and 10 assists in a win at Florida (Jan. 24) ... also scored her 1,000th career point at Florida to become the 25th player in school history to score at least 1,000 career points and the 14th to do so as a junior ... recorded five or more assists in 18 games during the year ... entering 2013-14, is second among active players in the SEC in career assists (420), trailing Vanderbilt's Jasmine Lister (447) and is fifth among active SEC players in scoring (1,107) ... recorded a career-high eight steals at LA Tech (Dec. 1) to record the most steals by an Ole Miss player since 2006 ... led or tied for the team lead in scoring in 10 games.
Sophomore Season (2011-12): Named to the Coaches Second Team All-SEC and to the AP Second Team All-SEC teams ... a finalist for the C Spire/Gillom Trophy presented annually to the best female collegiate basketball player in Mississippi ... selected to the Media and Coaches Second Team All-SEC preseason team ... team captain ... started all 30 games for Ole Miss and was the only Rebel to start all 30 games during the season ... led the team in scoring (13.5 ppg), steals (62), assists (142), three pointers (42), free throw percentage (71.2 percent), points (405) and minutes played (37.0 mpg) ... scored in double figures in 23 of the team's 30 games ... recorded six 20-point games during the season including a career-high 25 in a win at Alabama (Jan. 15) ... posted her first career double-double in a win over Cleveland State (Dec. 21) with 14 points and 10 assists ... dished out a career-high 11 assists in a win over SELA (Dec. 29) ... made a career-high 10 free throws in an overtime loss to Central Michigan (Dec. 14) ... on the season, posted 17 games with 38 or more minutes per game, 13 games with five or more assists and led or was tied for the team lead in scoring in 17 games ... made at least five field goals in 17 games during the year ... in the six games versus ranked teams during the year, scored in double figures in four of the six game including 22 points at No. 15 Georgia and 21 points against No. 10 Tennessee ... averaged 13.0 points per game against nationally-ranked teams ... finished the year sixth in the SEC in scoring (13.5 ppg), third in assists (4.7 apg), sixth in steals (2.1 spg), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (1.4) and first in minutes played (37.0 mpg) ... ended the season ranked 44th in the nation on assists per game (4.7 apg).
Summer (2011-12): Was selected to the 2011 USA Basketball Pan American Games roster in September 2011 ... competed with team USA in Guadalajara, Mexico from October 21-25, 2011 ... played in three of the team's four games ... set a Team USA Pan Am Game record for steals in a game with seven against Argentina ... ended the tournament averaging 2.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 14.3 mpg ... Team USA finished the tournament 2-2.
Freshman Season (2010-11): Posted one of the best seasons by a freshman in school history ... played in 28 games while starting 27 ... named to the SEC All-Freshman team ... also named to the All-Tournament team at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahnie Showdown and MVP of theInn at Ole Miss Classic ... led the team in minutes (1,037), field goals (135), free throw percentage (.720), assists (123), steals (42) and points (371) ... was also second on the team in scoring average (13.3), minutes per game (37.0), three pointers (42), 3-point field goal percentage (25.5) and free throws (59) ... played in 10 games with 40 or more minutes and a total of 19 games of at least 38 minutes ... recorded 20 double-digit scoring games including 11 of the final 12 games of the year ... scored at least 20 points five times during the year including a career-high 24 in a 70-61 win against Illinois (Nov. 28) ... scored the game-winning layup as the Rebels beat Gonzaga, 53-52 (Nov. 26) ... dished out a career-high 10 assists at Auburn (Jan. 13) and finished the year recording at least five assists in 11 games ... scored 21 points in a 69-65 win at No. 23/24 Arkansas (Jan. 23) ... recorded 20 points, six assists and two boards in a 61-59 win at Florida (Feb. 3) ... scored a team-best 16 points at No. 4 Tennessee (Jan. 9) ... averaged the most points by an Ole Miss freshman (13.3) since now assistant coach Armintie Price averaged 14.9 during her freshman year in 2003-04 ... in overall games, she finished the year second in minutes played (37.0), third in assists (123, 4.4), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.7) and seventh in the SEC in scoring (13.3) ... in SEC games only, she led the league in minutes played (38.5) and was second in free throw percentage (79.6).
High School: Attended Raymond High School in Raymond, Miss. ... lettered in basketball and track ... a two-time Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year (2009 and 2010) and a two-time Mississippi Miss. Basketball (2009 and 2010) ... was named to the Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen from 2007-10 ... a three-time Clarion-Ledger All-State First Team (2007-10) ... a four time All-South State and All-Regional First Team honoree ... led her team to a 33-1 record as a senior ... won a 3A State Title in 2009 and was a Class 4A District Champion in 2010 ... was a three-time 3A State District Champion ... Was both a 4A District Champion and a 4A South State Champion in 2010 ... set the 3A state record in the high jump as a sophomore (5'7") ... was part of special honors gratitude in high school ... named to the All-State First Team in track from 2008-10 ... also recruited by Rutgers, Florida, LSU, Purdue, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
Off the Court: Full name is Valencia Treniece McFarland ... born in October of 1991 ... daughter of David Daniels and Betty McFarland ... wants to play in the WNBA or overseas after college ... majoring in exercise science ... likes to watch TV, listen to her iPod and text.
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