Ole Miss Hosts Mississippi State

Jan. 22, 2014

Ole Miss Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader

The Last Meeting
Mississippi State51
Ole Miss65
February 14, 2013
Oxford, Miss.
Ole Miss Beats Mississippi State In Come-From-Behind Win
Valencia McFarland's 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and an impressive second half led Ole Miss to a 65-51 come-from-behind victory over Mississippi State Thursday night.

Ole Miss is back on its home floor for its next two games, beginning with a battle with in-state rival, Mississippi State on Thursday. Tip is set for 6 p.m. and is the first of two "We Back Pat" games for the Rebels this week. Fans can also follow the action with in-game tweets (@OleMissWBB) and also with live stats on OleMissSports.com.

Game 20: Ole Miss (9-10, 0-5 SEC) vs. Mississippi State (14-5, 1-4 SEC)
Date: January 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Location: Oxford, Miss. (Tad Smith Coliseum)
Series:
Ole Miss leads, 62-23
Streak: Ole Miss has won one

Upcoming Women's Basketball Promotions:
Thursday Jan, 23 vs. Mississippi State -Take a Kid to the Game Day/We Back Pat

-Free for kids 12 and under
-Valencia McFarland Poster Giveaway
-Beat State T-shirts
-Trading Card Pack #2
-Wear Purple to Support the SEC's "We Back Pat" Week

Sunday Jan. 26 vs. LSU- Faith and Family Day/We Back Pat
-Free admission with your church bulletin
-Wear Purple to Support the SEC's "We Back Pat" Week

Starting Five
1. Ole Miss dropped a 68-65 heartbreaker to Arkansas on Sunday (Jan. 19). The loss was Ole Miss' fifth straight loss and was the sixth straight win for Arkansas in the series between the two teams. With the loss, Ole Miss is now winless in its last 10 SEC games, dating back to the 2012-13 season.

2. Valencia McFarland was named to the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award Watch List on Jan. 15. The award is given to the nation's top point guard. McFarland is one of 29 players on the Watch List and joins Arkansas' Calli Berna, Tennessee's Ariel Massengale and Texas A&M's Jordan Jones.

3. McFarland scored 25 points against Arkansas, marking her seventh 20-point game of the season and the 20th of her career. She has scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games on two occasions this season and added a career-best 28 against Vanderbilt.

4. Monique Jackson had a career afternoon against Arkansas. The Phenix City, Ala., native scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in 18 minutes. The 11 points were a career-high, besting her previous high of eight, which she set on five occasions.

5. Ole Miss is getting closer and close to breaking through. Despite dropping its last five games and six of its last seven, Ole Miss has played opponents close. Losses to Vanderbilt and Arkansas were by a combined nine points and in SEC play the Rebels have lost three of their five games by nine points or less.

Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State Notables
-This will be the 86th meeting between the Rebels and Bulldogs. Ole Miss owns a 62-23 series advantage, but the Bulldogs have won six of the last seven meetings. Prior to an Ole Miss win last season had won the last six meetings between the rivals.

-Legendary women's basketball coach, Van Chancellor, and former Ole Miss head coach has unique ties to both programs. Chancellor is a 1965 graduate of Mississippi State and served as the head women's basketball coach at Ole Miss from 1978-1997. Chancellor led the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament 14 times and to the 1992 SEC regular-season title with a perfect 11-0 record.

-Ole Miss and Mississippi State have two non-conference opponents in common in Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi Valley State. Both teams earned victories against the teams. Additionally, Mississippi State took on Middle Tennessee State in non-conference action, falling to the Blue Raiders. The Raiders are coached by Rick Insell, the father of Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell.

A Win Would
-Snap the Rebels current five-game losing streak and its 10-game winless streak in SEC action.  The win would also give Ole Miss its first SEC victory of the season.

A Loss Would
-Drop Ole Miss to 0-6 in SEC action and give the Bulldogs their seventh win in the last eight meetings between the teams.

Scouting Mississippi State
Mississippi State enters Thursday's game with a 14-5, 1-4 SEC record and on a two-game skid after a 73-65 road game at Texas A&M. Mississippi State is led by three players in double figures. Martha Alwal leads the way with 15.6 points per game while Kendra Grant and Dominique Dillingham are averaging 12.5 and 10.2 points per game, respectively. Alwal leads the rebounding efforts with 8.3 rebounds per game while Breanna Richardson is pulling down 6.2 rebounds per game. As a team, Mississippi State is averaging 74.9 points per game and 41.7 rebounds per game. Head coach Vic Shafer is in his second season at Mississippi State.

About Ole Miss
Ole Miss enters Thursday's game with a 9-10, 0-5 SEC record after falling 68-65 in heartbreaking fashion to Arkansas in Fayetteville on Sunday. The loss was the fifth straight for the Rebels and kept them winless in SEC action. Valencia McFarland leads the Ole Miss offense with 16.2 points per game. She is joined in double-figures by teammates Tia Faleru and Diara Moore who are averaging 15.6 and 10.8 points per game, respectively. Faleru leads the way on the glass and is pulling down 9.4 rebounds per game and has posted nine double-doubles on the season. McFarland, a 2014 Lieberman Award Watch List selection, is second in the SEC in assists with 6.2 per game. The Rebels are averaging 75.6 points per game and are pulling down 43.3 rebounds.

Up Next
Ole Miss returns to the Tad Pad on Sunday when they welcome No. 15/14 LSU to Oxford for a televised contest. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. and will air on SEC TV.  

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Ellis Duels Nola To A Draw In Series Opener

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Baseball

      For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more

    • I'm Back

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Women's Golf

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Ole Miss women's golf sports information... read more

    • Two More Second-Round Projections For Moncrief

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 - Football

      Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more

    • VIDEO: Four Months To SEC Network Launch

      Thursday, April 17, 2014 -

      read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 12

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      With Billy Chadwick's last  regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach.  Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more

    • Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference.  Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more

    • Rebels Prepared For Possible Record Crowds

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more

    • VIDEO: The Legend Of Billy Chadwick

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Men's Tennis

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • VIDEO: Mike Bianco

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recaps Wednesday's 8-5 win over Murray State and previews the upcoming three-game series at Mississippi State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Murray State Highlights

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Allen, Orvis Lead Barrage In Win Over Memphis

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Baseball

      The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more