Women's Hoops Hosts State Thursday Night

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Jan. 17, 2012

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Ole Miss (12-6, 2-3 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (11-6, 1-3 SEC)
Date: January 19, 2012
Time: 7 p.m. CT
Location: Oxford, Miss.
Arena: Tad Smith Coliseum
Radio: Q93.7 (Graham Doty)
Gametracker: OleMissSports.com
Streaming Video: OleMissSports.com
Live Blog: OleMissSports.com
Series vs. MSU: UM leads, 61-20

QUICK HITS
- Ole Miss improved to 12-6 overall (2-3 SEC) this season after beating Alabama on the road, 69-55, Sunday afternoon.        
- Sophomore Valencia McFarland posted a career-high 25 points at Alabama while senior Whitney Hameth tied her career-high with 15.
- Over its last two games, Ole Miss has shot just under 60 percent from three-point range (13-22).
- Senior Nikki Byrd (13.8 ppg) and sophomore Valencia McFarland (13.7 ppg) lead Ole Miss in scoring.
- Byrd recorded her 16th career double-double (and 11th this season) against Vanderbilt with 15 points and 13 rebounds.  Byrd recorded five consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 18 to Dec. 12.  She is the first player in the SEC this season to record double-digit double-doubles.
- Byrd (9.9 rpg) and freshman Danielle McCray (3.9 rpg) lead the team in rebounding.
- Head coach Renee Ladner is in her fifth season at the helm. She has a career record of 70-71 overall and 23-42 in SEC play.

PROMOTIONS
Every home game: Chevron $50 gas  card giveaway
Drills and Skills Hoop package for kids
Renaissance Bank Cash Cube
They are all “Enter to Win” and you must be present to participate.
Thursday: N/A
Sunday: “We Back Pat” Game – 100 percent of Ole Miss’ ticket revenue will be donated to the Pat Summitt Foundation. Ole Miss table and stat crew will wear “We Back Pat” t-shirts and the coaching staff will wear purple.
“Take a Kid to the Game Day”  -Meet the Ole Miss Softball Team pre-game for autographed posters.
•    All school-aged kids will receive complimentary admission.  
•    The first 250 Kids will receive a FREE toy basketball game.  
•    Rebel Kids Club pizza party pre-game.  
•    Ole Miss Softball pitching demo at the half.
•    Rebel will be in the concourse pre-game for photos with fans.

REBELS HOST BULLDOGS
Ole Miss will try to win its third game in a row when they host in-state rival Mississippi State Thursday night at 7 p.m.  The Rebels (12-6 overall, 2-3 SEC) are 8-3 at home this season and 4-3 on the road.  With 11 regular-season games remaining, the Rebels have won more games this season (12) than they did all of 2010-11 (10).

ABOUT OLE MISS
Ole Miss is 12-6 overall this season and 2-3 in SEC play after beating Alabama 69-55 Sunday afternoon on the road.  The Rebels are led by Nikki Byrd (13.8 ppg, 9.9 rpg) and Valencia McFarland (13.7 ppg, 104 assists).  Freshman Danielle McCray is second on the team in rebounding, averaging 3.9 rebounds per game. Head coach Renee Ladner is in her fifth season at the helm. 

“WE BACK PAT” WEEK JANUARY 15-22
The Southeastern Conference in cooperation with its 12-member institutions announces “We Back Pat” Week, a week-long initiative focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

OLE MISS VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE
Ole Miss leads the all-time series, 61-20.  Mississippi State won both meetings last season and has won five of the last six meetings between the two schools.  Ole Miss’ last win over the Bulldogs was a 66-58 win in Oxford on January 21, 2010.  
 
A LOOK AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
Mississippi State enters Thursday night’s game 11-6 overall and 1-3 in SEC play.  Last week, the Bulldogs beat Alabama before falling to No. 15 Georgia.  Mississippi State is led by Diamber Johnson (17.2 ppg) and Prosha Porter (14.3 ppg). Ashley Brown leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.  As a team the Bulldogs average 62.5 points per game while its opponents average 59.2.            

NEWS AND NOTES
The Rebels won back-to-back SEC games for the first time since January of 2010 when the team won five straight conference games ... Ole Miss’ 14-point margin of victory at Alabama marked the Rebels’ biggest margin of victory over and SEC opponent since January 21, 2010 when Ole Miss beat Mississippi State, 66-58 ... For the first time this season, Nikki Byrd has dropped below averaging a double-double ... Freshman Mo Jackson recorded a career-best four points and three rebounds in a win over Alabama ... Ole Miss recorded 20 assists on 22 field goals in its win over Arkansas ... With 11 regular-season games remaining, Ole Miss has posted 12 wins to date, surpassing the win total from the 2010-11 season (10 games) ... Three times this season, Ole Miss has held its opponent to under 68 points but lost the game (at Lamar, Florida and at Vanderbilt) ... One opposing team this season has shot over 50 percent from the floor against Ole Miss (LSU, 55.2%) ... Jasmine Trotter recorded a career-high four rebounds in four minutes in a win over SELA ... This season the Rebels have had two winning streaks of four or more games - a five-game winning streak from 11/18-12/3 and a four-game winning streak from 12/16-12/29 ... Ole Miss shot a season-best 57.1 percent from the floor (32-56) in a win over Cleveland State ...   ... The Rebels scored a season-high 41 points in the second half at Lipscomb while holding the Bisons to 18 points in the second half ...  Ole Miss’ game against Central Michigan marked the first time this season the Rebels led at the half but lost the game ... Prior to the Central Michigan game this year where Ole Miss allowed 61 boards, the Rebels hadn’t allowed 60+ rebounds since 2003 ...  From Nov. 18 to Dec. 3, Ole Miss has held four if its five opponents to 53 points or under ... Nikki Byrd has scored a team-high 26 points this season while also recording a team-high 17 rebounds ... Eight of Ole Miss’ games this season have been decided by nine points or less ... Ole Miss held South Alabama without a player scoring in double figures marking the first time since November 19, 2006 that the Rebels did not allow a player on an opposing team to score in double figures.

MCFARLAND RECORDS EIGHTH CAREER 20-POINT GAME
Sophomore Valencia McFarland recorded her eighth career 20-point game with a career-high 25 points in a win over Alabama.   Earlier this season she scored 24 points against Central Michigan, added 23 in a win over Lipscomb and scored 20 in a win over Grambling State.       McFarland recorded four 20-point games last season.

REBELS HEAT UP FROM THREE
While the team is shooting just 28.0 percent from three-point range for the season, the Rebels have exploded from three-point range in its last two games.  Ole Miss shot just under 60 percent from three point range in its last two games going 13-22.  Valencia McFarland has made six threes in the last two games while Whitney Hameth has made five.

MCFARLAND LEADS TEAM IN ASSISTS...AGAIN
Sophomore Valencia McFarland, who has led the team in assists in 16 games this season, has 104 assists in 18 games for an average of 5.8 assists per game.  She has recorded at least five assists in 23 career games for Ole Miss. This season she has recorded double-digit assists in two games with 10 against Cleveland State and a career-high 11 in a win over SELA.  As a freshman, she finished the year with a team-leading 123 assists.

MCFARLAND RANKED IN THE TOP-20 NATIONALLY IN ASSISTS
For the first time this season, Valencia McFarland has cracked the top-20 nationally in assists.  In the latest NCAA stats released January 16, the point guard is 17th nationally in assists, averaging 5.8 assists per game.  She is also 31st in assist to turnover ratio (1.96).   

FALERU MAKING THE MOST OF STARTS
Freshman Tia Faleru who has made her first two career starts in Ole Miss’ wins over Arkansas and Alabama, has averaged 6.5 points per game and 4.5 assists per game over the last two games.  She led the team and recorded a career-high nine rebounds at Alabama and tied her career-high with eight points.

HAMETH TIES CAREER HIGH
Senior Whiney Hameth tied her career high with 15 points, including four threes, in Ole Miss’ win at Alabama.  She also recorded a career-high and team-best nine rebounds in Ole Miss’ loss to LSU on January 1.  Hameth grabbed eight defensive and one offensive rebounds in 30 minutes of play.

CAREER NUMBERS WATCH
Senior forward Nikki Byrd is on pace to score over 900 career points and grab over 700 career rebounds.  To date, she has recorded 756 career points (249 this year) and 590 career rebounds (178 this year).  Byrd is averaging 13.8 points per game and 9.9 rebounds per game this season.
Sophomore point guard Valencia McFarland is on pace to end her sophomore year with a total of over 750 career points and over 280 career assists.  McFarland has recorded 617 career points (246 this year) and 227 career assists (104 this year).  This season, she is averaging 13.7 points per game and 5.8 assists per game.

During the week of January 15-22, SEC member institutions will support the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund during their home basketball  games.  Ole Miss’ “We Back Pat” game is Sunday, January 22 vs. Georgia at 2 p.m. (CSS).  100% of Ole Miss’ ticket revenue from the game will go to the Pat Summitt Foundation as will the women’s basketball team’s charity funds from this year.  The Rebels will year “We Back Pat” shooting shirts and the stat and table crew will wear “We Back Pat” T-shirts.  

BYRD RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
In the latest NCAA stats released January 16, senior forward Nikki Byrd third in the nation in double-doubles with 11.  She is also 28th in the nation in rebounding, averaging 9.9 rebounds per game.  The NCAA stats will be released again on Monday, January, 23.  Byrd has been ranked as high as fourth in the nation in rebounding this season.  


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