Ole Miss Opens Two-Game Road Swing At Tennessee

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The Rebels open a two-game road swing when they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on No. 5/5 Tennessee on Thursday (Jan. 9). The game will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast and will tip off at 6 p.m. (CT) from Thompson-Boling Arena. Fans can follow the action with in-game tweets (@OleMissWBB) and also with live stats on OleMissSports.com.

Game 16: Ole Miss (9-6, 0-1 SEC) vs Tennessee (12-2, 1-1 SEC)
Date: January 9, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)
Series:
Tennessee leads, 40-7
Streak: Tennessee has won the last 24

Starting Five
1. Ole Miss opened the SEC slate on Jan. 2 with an 85-76 loss to Missouri at the Tad "C.M." Smith Coliseum. The loss snapped a six-game home win streak for the Rebels and was just their fourth loss in an SEC home opener in the last 11. The Rebels who last won an SEC opener in 2010-11, dropped their third straight SEC opener.

2. The Rebels are looking for their first win over Tennessee since defeating the Lady Volunteers, 78-72, during the 1995-96 season. Ole Miss is also looking for its third-ever win in Knoxville The, last time Ole Miss won in Knoxville was during the 1986-87 season.

3. Freshman Shequila Joseph became the first Ole Miss freshman to record 20 points this season when she scored 21 against Missouri. Joseph, who has scored in double figures on two occasions this season, is the fourth Rebel to score 20+ points this season. Joseph's 21 points also gives the Rebels a 20+ scorer in each of its last five games and eight of its last nine.

4. Ole Miss posted a season-best 11 three-pointers in its loss to Missouri. The 11 triples were the most for the Rebels since they also posted 11 in a win at Florida on Jan. 24, 2013. Missouri and Ole Miss combined for 26 three-pointers - the most combined for Ole Miss this season.

5. Valencia McFarland posted her third double-double of the season and her fifth career with 14 points and 10 assists against Missouri.  McFarland's double-double gives the Rebels a player with a double-double in each of the last five games.

Ole Miss vs. Tennessee Notables
-This will be the 48th meeting between Ole Miss and Tennessee. The Lady Volunteers have a 40-7 series lead and have won each of the last 24 games and are 18-2 against the Rebels on their home floor. The last time Ole Miss won in Knoxville was during the 1986-87 season.

-The Rebels have several connections to Tennessee. Assistant coach Alex Simmons played her collegiate basketball for the Lady Volunteers (2004-09) and won national championships in 2007 and 2008. Additionally, head coach Matt Insell served as a manager for the Tennessee men's team as an undergrad at Tennessee.

-Lady Vols Athletic Trainer Ashley Bonck Wilson spent three seasons serving as the women's basketball athletic trainer at Ole Miss.  

A Win Would
-Give Ole Miss its first SEC win since defeating Mississippi State, 65-51, last season and snap Tennessee's current 24-game win streak vs. Ole Miss. It would also be Ole Miss's first win in Knoxville since 1986-87.

A Loss Would
-Move the Rebels to 0-2 in SEC action and extend the Rebels SEC losing streak to seven games, dating back to last season.

Scouting No. 8/8 Tennessee
Tennessee enters Thursday's contest with a 12-2 record after picking up an 85-70 road win on Sunday (Jan. 5). The win pushed the Vols to 1-1 in SEC action, after they dropped their opener to No. 16 LSU on Thursday (Jan. 2) The Lady Vols are led by Isabelle Harrison who is averaging 13.8 points per game while teammate Meighan Simmons isn't far behind with 13.7 points per game. The Lady Vols have four in double figures with Ariel Massengale and Bashaara Graves contributing 13.3 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. Harrison leads the rebounding efforts with 9.2 rebounds per game while Massengale and Cierra Burdick are pulling down 7.1 and 7.0 rebounds per game as the second and third leading rebounders. Tennessee is averaging 84.0 points per game and 50.8 rebounds per game, while holding opponents to just 1.0 points per game. Head coach Holly Warlick is in her second season as head coach.

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters the Tennessee game with a 9-6, 0-1 SEC record after falling to Missouri, 85-76 in their SEC opener on Thursday (Jan. 2). The Rebels enter Thursday's game with a week of rest, after a bye weekend. Tia Faleru and Valencia McFarland lead the Ole Miss offense both averaging 16.0 points per game. Faleru, who has posted nine games with double figure rebounds this season, is leading the rebounding efforts with 9.9 rebounds per game which also leads the SEC. Diara Moore joins Faleru and McFarland in double-figures with 12.0 points per game while Danielle McCray is adding 5.8 rebounds per game. As a team, the Rebels are averaging 76.5 points per game and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.

Up Next
Ole Miss will stay on the road as it travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take on Alabama on Sunday (Jan. 12) Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. (CT) at Alabama's Foster Auditorium.

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